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America's Soul In the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR's State Department, And The Moral Disgrace Of An American Aristocracy Hardcover – April 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608322939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608322930
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Jewish Journal: ''Wallance tells quite a story and masterfully documents the well-deserved indictment of the World War II-era U.S. State Department.'' (review by Michael Berenbaum, former Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Holocaust Research Institute and Professor of Jewish Studies at American Jewish University.)

Jewish Book Council: ''An important contribution to the debate surrounding the Roosevelt Administration and the politics of rescue. Reads like a thriller.'' (review by Jack Fischel, Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and author of The Holocaust and Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust.)

Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs: ''Wallance's book makes for absorbing reading and offers a picture of America's dismal failure to intervene to save European Jewry.'' (review by Ariel Hurwitz, author of Jews Without Power: American Jews During the Holocaust).

''Superbly researched and beautifully written, America's Soul in the Balance casts a bright, highly disturbing spotlight on the moral bankruptcy of U.S. State Department bureaucrats who sabotaged any attempt to come to the assistance of European Jews, or to publicize their dire fate, during the Holocaust. It should be required reading not only for scholars and other students of history, but for anyone in or entering public service.'' -- Menachem Z. Rosensaft - Vice President of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants and General Counsel, World Jewish Congress

''Wallance has written the ultimate Washington thriller by focusing on the government's moral failure during the war. It is said that history repeats itself; this book offers a valuable and timely warning as to how government should respond in times of moral crisis. Required reading.'' ---- Kenneth R. Feinberg - 9/11 Victim Compensation and BP Oil Funds Special Master and Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation

The Jewish Journal: ''Wallance tells quite a story and masterfully documents the well-deserved indictment of the World War II-era U.S. State Department.'' (review by Michael Berenbaum, former Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Holocaust Research Institute and Professor of Jewish Studies at American Jewish University.)

Jewish Book Council: ''An important contribution to the debate surrounding the Roosevelt Administration and the politics of rescue. Reads like a thriller.'' --(review by Jack Fischel, Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and author of The Holocaust and Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust.)

About the Author

Gregory J. Wallance is a lawyer and writer in New York City. He is the author of Papa's Game, which received a nonfiction nomination for an Edgar Allan Poe Award, and Two Men Before the Storm, about the Dred Scott case, which the Boston Globe called an evocative historical novel. He has traveled to countries on several continents on human rights missions for, among others, Amnesty International and Helsinki Watch, and he was a producer of the HBO film Sakharov, starring Jason Robards and Glenda Jackson. He has written numerous articles and op eds for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is quoted frequently in major newspapers, and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, Court TV, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and NBC's The Today Show.

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A must read for everybody.
Joe
The cold anger and realisation at what sort of a world we allow ourselves to live in and what we all allow to repeatedly occur will come after you finish the book.
Scleroplex
Well researched and written.
STEVEN M. SWIRSKY

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scleroplex on April 27, 2012
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Greg Wallance has written a book that is worth being made mandatory reading in high school and college courses for young people who are at an age where it is still possible to preserve their humanity and common decency.

It also documents meticulously the fact that people who had the power to do the right thing not only did not, but also actively thwarted and sabotaged efforts that could have forced them to do the right thing.

It is common for victims to be asked, by people in power who know better, to provide super-human proof of the efforts in place against them. It is a truly rare event when such proof actually makes it into the right hands.

The smoking gun in this book is the cable from the US State Department that clearly references an earlier cable that provided chapter and verse to the State Department about the Holocaust plans that had already been set in motion in Europe.

In much the same way as leaking and exposing State Department cables during the illegal war in Iraq threw much-needed light, the purloining by the good lawyers at US Treasury under Henry Morgenthau Jr. of both this cable from Europe and the utterly callous response from US State threw much needed light on the inherent culture of the US State Department and helped finally in the efforts of the War Refugees Board, which utterly and preventably late as it was, did save 200,000 human beings. That is 200,000 more than the State Department liked. Which is definitely worth it.

The reason for the success of the lawyers at Treasury is their clear-eyed acceptance of what State Department superiors really are like - cold, heartless and operating completely in bad faith.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yenta Knows on August 31, 2012
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It's well known that the US did little to save the Jews of Europe from Hitler's genocide. But some people were more guilty than others. This fast moving account of obstructionism in the patrician State Department narrates the shameful story. Wallance's eye for illuminating detail makes this tale of banal evil come alive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe on July 14, 2012
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This is a great book...,extremely well-written and researched. It is heart breaking, fascinating and devastating. A must read for everybody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2013
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I gave this book only four stars because I did not find it easy to read. I was astonished at the "story" therein; how the different personalities in FDR's State Dept. worked against saving the Jewish people. I was appalled. This book did encourage me to read further on this chapter in History. I ordered "breaking the Silence:The German Who Exposed the Final Solution" by Walter Laqueur.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By STEVEN M. SWIRSKY on February 5, 2013
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Heartbreaking to see which side State was on . Well researched and written. Scholarly but human. I came away with new admiration for Morgenthau
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