Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945: With a New Afterword (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Apr 27, 1995 - History - 688 pages
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Since the original publication of this classic book in 1979, Roosevelt's foreign policy has come under attack on three main points: Was Roosevelt responsible for the confrontation with Japan that led to the attack at Pearl Harbor? Did Roosevelt "give away" Eastern Europe to Stalin and the U.S.S.R. at Yalta? And, most significantly, did Roosevelt abandon Europe's Jews to the Holocaust, making no direct effort to aid them? In a new Afterword to his definitive history, Dallek vigorously and brilliantly defends Roosevelt's policy. He emphasizes how Roosevelt operated as a master politician in maintaining a national consensus for his foreign policy throughout his presidency and how he brilliantly achieved his policy and military goals.
  

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The first chapter of this book provides an interesting and concise biography of FDR before he reached the pinnacle of elected office in the early thirties. The following couple of chapters dealing ... Read full review

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In his 1979 work Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1921 1945 Robert Dallek reviews the thirteen year record of the Roosevelt administration on foreign affairs. The survey is lengthy ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
3
First Things First
23
The Diplomacy of Hope
35
and Nationalism
59
Farewell to Internationalism
78
Muddling Through
101
Standing Still
122
Gestures
144
The Tortuous Road to War
269
The Struggle for Unity
317
Balancing Needs
362
Alliance Politics
406
Will There Be Peace?
485
EPILOGUE
529
Afterword 1995
539
A Note on Sources and Notes
553

Limited Influence
171
The Reluctant Neutral
199
Conflict and Compromise
233

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