SOCIAL SCIENCES

War and Peace: FDR’s Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945

Houghton Harcourt. (FDR at War, Bk. 3). May 2019. 592p. photos. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9780544876804. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780544868540. HIST
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Drawing from primary documents that President Franklin D. Roosevelt planned to use to write his memoirs, as well as diaries from people close to the major figures involved in planning D-Day and the end of World War II, Hamilton presents the final installment of his bibliographic trilogy, after The Mantle of Command and Commander in Chief, tracing an engaging and eye-opening series of events from the Tehran Summit through the Yalta Conference and finally Roosevelt’s untimely death in 1945. Challenging what is conventionally and popularly known about the final political moves of the war through Churchill’s memoirs, the book shows how intimately involved Roosevelt was in coordinating military plans, handpicking leaders, and lobbying for maneuvers to help end the war, even when faced with extreme opposition and suspicion from Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Providing more context about the planning of D-Day, this work makes an ideal companion to presidential historian Michael Beschloss’s The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941–1945.
VERDICT A fantastic read on its own or as part of the series for anyone interested in World War II political history or presidential memoirs

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