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Posted November 7, 2013
Outstanding World War II Insight and Background
Persico does an outstanding job of conveying how Roosevelt was not only a great war time leader, but managed to use his people skills to choose the military leaders that would lead the United States, and the allies through WW II. Originally obscure, Eisenhower was ultimately picked to lead Overlord, the cross channel invasion; Hap Arnold was almost washed up, yet Roosevelt saved him and the origin of the U. S. Air Force became a reality. Likewise, Admirals King and Nimitz, Generals Marshall, Clark and Patton, all rose from nothingness to became the great military leaders that we read about. Persico, on the other hand, does a fine job in relating how Roosevelt was hoodwinked by Churchill, and the British, into several barely supportable operations prior to "D-Day," such as North Africa, Sicily and Italy; all because the British wanted to maintain the stranglehold on their empire. Painfully obvious to U. S. military leadership, it was not always thought so by Roosevelt. Persico also discusses Roosevelt's not so nice dealings with MacArthur, and one wonders why the General was not fired long before Truman did the right thing, but Roosevelt knew that MacArthur was needed, as obnoxious, arrogant and disdainful he was towards his commander-in-chief. The book really does provide great insight into the major characters of World War II, including Stalin and those on the British military front. It's very much a great worthwhile read for WW II aficionados.
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Posted June 23, 2013
Should read thoroughly.
This is a very comprehensive insight into the highest level decisions on the entrance to and prosecution of World War II. Since I was in the US Army 1941-1975, this book provides very definitive discussion and reasoning on events leading up to and discussion of the various campaigns of the war.
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Posted July 4, 2013
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