Baker & Taylor Approaches the history of World War II from President and Commander-in-Chief Franklin Delano Roosevelt's perspective
Blackwell North Amer Few American presidents have exercised their constitutional authority as commander in chief with more determination than Franklin D. Roosevelt. He intervened in military operations more often and to better effect than his contemporaries Churchill and Stalin and maneuvered events so that the Grand Alliance was directed from Washington. In this expansive history, Eric Larrabee examines the extent and importance of FDR's wartime leadership through his key military leaders - Marshall, King, Arnold, MacArthur, Vandegrift, Nimitz, Eisenhower, Stilwell, and LeMay. The author devotes a chapter to each man, studying Roosevelt's impact on their personalities, their battles (sometimes with each other), and the consequences of their decisions. He also addresses such critical subjects as Roosevelt's responsibility for the war. This paperback edition of a book first published in hardcover in 1987 introduces a new generation of readers to a revealing portrait of the titans of the American military effort in World War II.