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For most Americans, World War II really began with the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. For President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his top-level advisors, it began more than a year earlier. As this revelatory new book shows, FDR's efforts focused not on Japan, but on Hitler's Germany. With consummate planning, the commander in chief dispatched five men on missions to embattled Europe. This talented quintet (Harry Hopkins, William "Wild Bill" Donovan, Sumner Welles, Averell Harriman, and Wendell Willkie) shored up support and morale among our future allies. Bolstered by extensive research, this fascinating narrative retrieves the story of the war before the war.