Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2016 - Command of troops - 464 pages
In the next installment of the "splendid memoir Roosevelt didn't get to write" (New York Times),  Nigel Hamilton tells the astonishing story of FDR's year-long, defining battle with Churchill, as the war raged in Africa and Italy.

Nigel Hamilton's Mantle of Command, long-listed for the National Book Award, drew on years of archival research and interviews to portray FDR in a tight close up, as he determined Allied strategy in the crucial initial phases of World War II. Commander in Chief reveals the astonishing sequel -- suppressed by Winston Churchill in his memoirs -- of Roosevelt's battles with Churchill to maintain that strategy.  Roosevelt knew that the Allies should take Sicily but avoid a wider battle in southern Europe, building experience but saving strength to invade France in early 1944. Churchill seemed to agree at Casablanca -- only to undermine his own generals and the Allied command, testing Roosevelt's patience to the limit. Churchill was afraid of the invasion planned for Normandy, and pushed instead for disastrous fighting in Italy, thereby almost losing the war for the Allies. In a dramatic showdown, FDR finally set the ultimate course for victory by making the ultimate threat. Commander in Chief shows FDR in top form at a crucial time in the modern history of the West.

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5554. Commander in Chief FDR's Battle With Churchill, 1943 by Nigel Hamilton (read 30 Apr 2018) This is the second volume in the author's study of FDR as commander in chief of the American effort in ... Read full review

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An analytical and well-written look at the decision-making process for the Allies as the US builds momentum and assumes the leadership role. Two of history's most important war leaders, Churchill and ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

NIGEL HAMILTON is a best-selling and award-winning biographer of President John F. Kennedy, General Bernard Monty" Montgomery, and President Bill Clinton, among other subjects. His most recent book , The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942, was long-listed for the National Book Award. He is a senior fellow at the McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts, Boston and splits his time between Boston, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana.

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