In bold contrast to the familiar, idealized FDR of other biographies, Fleming's Roosevelt is a man in remorseless decline, battered by ideological forces and primitive hatreds that he could not handle and frequently failed to understand some of them leading to unimaginable catastrophe. Among FDR's most dismaying policies, Fleming argues, is his insistence on "unconditional surrender" for Germany (a policy that perhaps prolonged the war by as much as two years, leaving millions more dead) and his often-uncritical embrace of and acquiescence to Stalin and the Soviets as an ally.
The New Dealers' War is one of those rare books that force readers to rethink what they think they know about a pivotal event in the American past....Continua
The author, who has considerable experience writing about U.S. Presidents, seems to enjoy castigating Franklin Roosevelt in this account of how the President and assorted ill-suited associates dealt with the United States as a wartime nation. Near-deification of FDR has grown tiresome, but the shrill tone of this book makes reading it seem like a punishment doled out by a vindictive teacher. Only the most prevent history readers would want to deal with this....Continua