Hard Bargain: How FDR Twisted Churchill's Arm, Evaded the Law, and Changed the Role of the American Presidency

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Westview Press, 1999 - History - 320 pages
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WithHard Bargain, Robert Shogan offers an account of one of World War II’s most dramatic chapters--the story of how Franklin D. Roosevelt secretly brokered a deal to provide the destroyers Winston Churchill needed to save Britain from destruction. At the center of the momentous events of 1940 are two extraordinary leaders: Churchill, the forthright pragmatist, and Roosevelt, the suave politician. As Hitler’s war machine threatened to starve England into submission, these two men initiated acomplex negotiation that would shatter all precedents for conducting foreign policy. FDR yearned to enter the war, but was handcuffed by domestic politics. Churchill had to plead for American intervention at a time when the United States was intensely isolationist. Drawing on archives on both sides of the Atlantic, Shogan masterfully recreates the President’s maneuvers as FDR stepped around the Constitution in order to clinch the deal, a move that has had repercussions from Korea to the Persian Gulf.

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HARD BARGAIN: How FDR Twisted Churchill's Arm, Evaded the Law, and Changed the Role of the American Presidency

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Los Angeles Times correspondent Shogan argues that FDR negotiated harshly and covertly with a beleaguered Winston Churchill in the celebrated 1940 deal that marked the commencement of Anglo-American ... Read full review

Hard bargain: how FDR twisted Churchill's arm, evaded the law, and changed the role of the American presidency

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Journalist Shogan, the author of several books on the presidency, most recently Riddle of Power: Presidential Leadership from Truman to Bush (LJ 1/91), enters a crowded field writing about Franklin ... Read full review


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Robert Shogan has spent more than thirty years covering the political scene in Washington as national political correspondent for Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Government at the Center for Study of American Government of Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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