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

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Oxford University Press, May 25, 1995 - History - 688 pages
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


The Struggle for Unity
Balancing Needs
Alliance Politics
Will There Be Peace?
Afterword 1995
A Note on Sources and Notes
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