Threshold of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Entry into World War II / Edition 1

Threshold of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Entry into World War II / Edition 1

by Waldo Heinrichs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195061683

ISBN-13: 9780195061680

Pub. Date: 03/01/1990

Publisher: Oxford University Press

As the first comprehensive treatment of the American entry into World War II to appear in over thirty-five years, Waldo Heinrichs' volume places American policy in a global context, covering both the European and Asian diplomatic and military scenes, with Roosevelt at the center.
Telling a tale of ever-broadening conflict, this vivid narrative weaves back and

Overview

As the first comprehensive treatment of the American entry into World War II to appear in over thirty-five years, Waldo Heinrichs' volume places American policy in a global context, covering both the European and Asian diplomatic and military scenes, with Roosevelt at the center.
Telling a tale of ever-broadening conflict, this vivid narrative weaves back and forth from the battlefields in the Soviet Union, to the intense policy debates within Roosevelt's administration, to the sinking of the battleship Bismarck, to the precarious and delicate negotiations with Japan. Refuting the popular portrayal of Roosevelt as a vacillating, impulsive man who displayed no organizational skills in his decision-making during this period, Heinrichs presents him as a leader who acted with extreme caution and deliberation, who always kept his options open, and who, once Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union stalled in July, 1941, acted rapidly and with great determination. This masterful account of a key moment in American history captures the tension faced by Roosevelt, Churchill, Stimson, Hull, and numerous others as they struggled to shape American policy in the climactic nine months before Pearl Harbor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195061680
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.31(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue3
1March 1941: The Aura of German Power13
2April: Balancing Risks32
3May: Guarding the Atlantic Line57
4June: The Russian Factor92
5July: Containment of Japan118
6August-September: Crossing the Threshold146
7October-November: Race Against Time180
Epilogue: Japan Attacks215
Notes221
Bibliography261
Index269

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