The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Oct 7, 2003 - History - 377 pages
21 Reviews
A New York Times bestseller, The Conquerors reveals how Franklin Roosevelt's and Harry Truman's private struggles with their aides and Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin affected the unfolding of the Holocaust and the fate of vanquished Nazi Germany.
With monumental fairness and balance, The Conquerors shows how Roosevelt privately refused desperate pleas to speak out directly against the Holocaust, to save Jewish refugees and to explore the possible bombing of Auschwitz to stop the killing. The book also shows FDR's fierce will to ensure that Germany would never threaten the world again. Near the end of World War II, he abruptly endorsed the secret plan of his friend, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, to reduce the Germans to a primitive existence -- despite Churchill's fear that crushing postwar Germany would let the Soviets conquer the continent. The book finally shows how, after FDR's death, President Truman rebelled against Roosevelt's tough approach and adopted the Marshall Plan and other more conciliatory policies that culminated in today's democratic, united Europe.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
11
3 stars
7
2 stars
1
1 star
0

Review: The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman & the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941-45

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

Its always hard to read how late we were to making some critical decisions and Beschloss is a master at laying out the timeline here. For me, the most interesting part of this book is how much time ... Read full review

Review: The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman & the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941-45

User Review  - John Daly - Goodreads

This is more a book about Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau Jr. and FDR than about Truman. It focuses rather heavily on Morgenthau's efforts to influence US policy on the Holocaust ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER
9
CHAPTER THREE
18
On the Back of an Envelope
29
The Terrible Silence
38
CHAPTER
44
CHAPTER SEVEN
56
We Will Have to Get Awfully Busy
70
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
166
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
178
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
189
CHAPTER NINETEEN
203
CHAPTER TWENTY
216
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
226
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
238
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
247

Not Nearly as Bad as Sending Them to Gas Chambers
82
Somebodys Got to Take the Lead
91
Christianity and Kindness
98
Do You Want Me to Beg Like Fala?
121
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
136
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
150
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
260
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
271
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
283
AUTHORS NOTE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
293
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2003)

Michael Beschloss has been called "the nation's leading Presidential historian" by Newsweek. The author of six previous books on American Presidents, he is a frequent lecturer and regular commentator on ABC News and PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He lives with his wife and their two sons in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic information