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by James MacGregor Burns

Download Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom, 1940-45 epub
ISBN: 0297003011
ISBN13: 978-0297003014
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: James MacGregor Burns
Language: English
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Lt (1971)
Pages: 736 pages
ePUB size: 1324 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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This is a study of Franklin D. Roosevelt's leadership as president between the years 1940-1945. The author is certainly a scholar on President Roosevelt and this study is choke full of information that makes this an extremely informative, but for me, a bit of a slow read. Burns' thesis is that Roosevelt was both the idealist and the realist. His often lofty goals and dreams could often be compromised for the more pragmatic (some might say perfidious) decisions reached. It is indeed a dichotomy that shows throughout this study. But despite this lack of cohesion between an effectual joining of these two traits, Roosevelt's wartime leadership is still heralded by most historians.

For some who might want to know more about the actual military engagements in Europe and the Pacific, you might be a bit disappointed. This book is more concerned with strategies developed by Roosevelt and other leaders for both fronts, where priority should be given, how the alliance worked together and so forth. Roosevelt's respect for public opinion was certainly a major factor for his early hesitancy to rush to the aid of Great Britain. Indeed, Roosevelt was seemingly always guided by popular opinion, though I think he probably was ahead of it in ways.

Some of the interesting facets of this book that helped shed some insight for me on Roosevelt's foreign policy was his belief that China had to be a major player in the postwar world, even though he perhaps overestimated China's military capabilities under Chiang Kai-shek. His understanding of the importance of trying to keep good relations with Russia came through as well. His anti-colonialism was often used to tweak Churchill, though as Burns stated, Roosevelt would never go too far in the risk of jeopardizing allied partnership. In these cases, especially with Russia and Great Britain, we see many instances where Roosevelt would often suppress some of his loftier goals for the postwar world for practical, short term success.

The chapters that I thought were the best were the ones that dealt with the meetings between Churchill and Roosevelt and later between the Big Three at Tehran and Yalta. The chapter entitled Dominion of Mars was also well written and powerful, as was the last chapter. The worries, the tensions, the importance of the times all came through to me in this book. The personality traits of Roosevelt were also illuminated, though as Burns mentioned, he was a complex character and very hard to truly understand.

Burns also proves himself to be a very balanced historian, detailing the things Roosevelt knew how to do and what he did right along with those things he did not excel in. Some have questioned his commitment to Civil Rights for blacks, many have castigated the Japanese-American internment camps, his efforts on helping the Jews, his dealings with Stalin and so forth. I think these and other questions are fair criticisms and let's face it, no man when dealing with so many difficult questions and situations will come off clean on all points. There can be no doubt that Franklin Roosevelt was a giant in American politics and that perhaps he was indeed the right man for the job at such a critical juncture in world history.
This is a AWESOME book!!! This is the second volume in the author's recounting of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life. This book focuses on his war time Presidency and final years. The well written narrative examines Roosevelt’s wartime leadership and his vision for post-war peace. I was struck by the tightrope that Roosevelt had to walk ....inching toward war while not alienating a still isolationist public....delicately handling relationships between difficult war time allies.....dealing with incredible demands for war materials......educating the public on the realities of America's new, yet vital, role in world affairs and working with, (and at times against) Congress. The story of how Roosevelt orchestrated these complex, unsteady multi faceted demands and relationships is fascinating and very informative. The book is comprehensive and detailed, but not overly so.
Although the author is clearly a fan of FDR, his flaws, weaknesses and mistakes are not ignored, minimized or sugar coated. As a result, the book is both informative and thought provoking, presenting the reader with context, balance, objectivity and insight.
Don't let your preconceived opinion of FDR prevent you from reading the excellent book!!!!!

Hailed by William Shirer as “the definitive book on Roosevelt in the war years,” and by bestselling author Barbara Tuchman as “engrossing, informative, endlessly readable,” The Soldier of Freedom is a moving profile of a leader gifted with rare political talent in an era of extraordinary challenges, sacrifices, heroism, and hardship.
"Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom" is the second volume of James MacGregor Burns' magisterial two-volume biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first major scholarly biography of FDR after his death in 1945. (The first volume is "Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox," which chronicles FDR's early life and political career.)

In "Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom," Burns brilliantly encapsulates the wartime presidency of FDR: how he at first met the dual challenge of keeping the United States out of World War II, while at the same time legally making aid to the beleaguered Allies available; and then, once the U.S. entered the war, how he managed to keep the Allied war effort moving toward the ultimate goal of victory over the Axis powers. Burns portrays FDR as a man divided between his principles and ideals on one hand, and his need to take a pragmatic approach to the war on the other. FDR is seen squarely placed at the center of worldwide historical events of the 1940s.

Throughout this outstanding book, which was published in 1970 and won both the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for history and the 1971 National Book Award for History and Biography, Burns' scholarly research is impeccable and interpretations of history are flawless. His prose is elegant, fast-paced, and highly readable. Most highly recommended.