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

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 7, 2003 - History - 377 pages
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As Presidents Roosevelt and Truman led the United States in World War II in Europe, they had to deal with the question of what kind of government should be imposed on Nazi Germany to ensure that Germany could never again drag the world into war. THE CONQUERORS tells the story with much intimate detail and colour of how Roosevelt and Truman privately struggled in their own minds and with titanic allies like Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin, through summits and secret messages, to answer this question. Roosevelt did not react to increasing evidence of the Holocaust, but close friend and Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., privately pressed Roosevelt to accept what was soon called the 'Morgenthau plan' - teach the Germans a lesson and destroy their ability to make war by destroying their industrial base and letting many Germans starve to death. Beschloss also revels how Harry Truman, on abruptly assuming the Presidency, was briefed on the Morgenthau Plan and was appalled. Truman, backed by Cabinet members, turned his back on the plan, fired Morgenthau, and moved toward Germany's division between East and West, allowing West Germany to become the bulwark of Western opposition to Soviet expansionism in Europe.
 

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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
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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.

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