While Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical. Beginning as early as 1939 when Germany first attacked Poland, Roosevelt skillfully navigated a host of challengesa reluctant population, an unprepared military, and disagreements within his cabinetto prepare the country for its inevitable confrontation with the Axis.
In No End Save Victory, esteemed historian David Kaiser draws on extensive archival research to reveal the careful preparations that enabled the United States to win World War II. Alarmed by Germany and Japan's aggressive militarism, Roosevelt understood that the United States would almost certainly be drawn into the conflict raging in Europe and Asia. However, the American populace, still traumatized by memories of the First World War, was reluctant to intervene in European and Asian affairs. Even more serious was the deplorable state of the American military. In September of 1940, Roosevelt's military advisors told him that the US would not have the arms, ammunition, or men necessary to undertake any major military operation overseaslet alone win such a fightuntil April of 1942. Aided by his closest military and civilian collaborators, Roosevelt pushed a series of military expansions through Congress that nearly doubled the size of the US Navy and Army, and increased production of the arms, tanks, bombers, and warships that would allow America to prevail in the coming fight.
Highlighting Roosevelt's deft management of the strong personalities within his cabinet and his able navigation of the shifting tides of war, No End Save Victory is the definitive account of America's preparations for and entry into World War II. As Kaiser shows, it was Roosevelt's masterful leadership and prescience that prepared the reluctant nation to fightand gave it the tools to win.
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About the Author
David Kaiser has taught history at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, the Naval War College, and Williams College. The author of seven books, including The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Kaiser lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Generation, A Man, A Moment
Chapter 1: Civilization Under Threat, May 1940
Chapter 2: Arms and Politics, May–August 1940
Chapter 3: The Growing Threat of World War, June–September 1940
Chapter 4: Reelection and Reassessment, October 1940–January 1941
Chapter 5: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, January–May 1941
Chapter 6: Enlisting the Nation: January–June 1941
Chapter 7: Toward World War, June–August 1941
Chapter 8: Planning for Victory, August–November 1941
Chapter 9: To Pearl Harbor, October–December 1941
Epilogue: Generations in Crisis
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Interesting, in the political nuances of FDR knowing war was coming, but having to deal with isolationist sentiment and those who wanted us in the war. The book shows both the political and the realist side of FDR. FASCINATING
David Kaiser's book is an easy read that tells the story how FDR led us into WW11. It is very interesting and covers both the good and the bad.
Enjoyed the narrative the author uses to explain how FDR saw that America needed to come out of it's isolationistic frame of mind to do it's part in protecting not only our democracy but democracy for the people of the whole world. Not sure I agreed with all he said in his epilogue. It had to do with generalizations on a so called Missionary Generation and other names for other generations. But the main part of the book was a good telling of factual history of that part of American history.