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Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War against Nazi Germany Hardcover – November 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0195139600 ISBN-10: 0195139607

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195139607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195139600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,885,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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America's view of Germany over the last 50 years has been affected by the outcome of the war and the horror of the concentration camps. Casey, a junior research fellow in politics at Trinity College, Oxford, asserts that the war with Germany was never overly popular with the American people and that during the prewar years of 1938-40, public opinion was very isolationist or almost pro-German. Numerous public figures during this time (including Father Coughlin and Charles Lindbergh) spoke in favor of Germany. President Roosevelt had to deal with public opinion and walk the "tightrope" of too much or too little involvement. Even after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the public was more inclined to support the war against Japan than the war against Germany. Roosevelt had to stay in touch with public opinion polls regarding the conduct of the war and, later, the question of the reorganization of the postwar world. Casey documents his position with numerous footnotes and an extensive bibliography. While numerous books have dealt with the propaganda issues of World War II, this enjoyable work is the first one to deal with public opinion polls and their influence on American foreign policy during the war. Recommended for both public and academic libraries. Mark Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA
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"For anyone interested in the Second World War, and especially FDR's handling of that war, Cautious Crusade has much to offer....as the United States fights an international war on terrorism, Cautious Crusade is an interesting, detailed account of how presidential action during a time of war can be shaped and/or hindered by public opinion" --Presidential Studies Quarterly



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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2003
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For those who want an eminently readable, but highly valuable scholarly publication on Franklin Roosevelt and WWII, look no further. Casey traces how FDR attempted to lead American public opinion to pursue his favoured course of assisting the British in opposing Nazism. After his problems in overcoming isolationism were solved for him by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor FDR's struggles with public opinion were not over, however. The administration had to walk a delicate line between encouraging support for the war without creating massive hatred for Germany that could hinder the creation of a better post-war era. Casey's book is admirable in that it presents a nuanced picture of FDR. While it is well known what a champion manipulator he was, what is less known is the ways in which he was constrained by public opinion. This book is an essential resource for anybody seeking to understand the 20th century's greatest president, and it's greatest conflict.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Pfeffer on May 20, 2012
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Mr. Casey tries to track how public opinion polls and surveys, along with the opinions of journalists and politicians, influenced Roosevelt's thinking and decision making. By the time I read the alarming phrase "pedal his views" on an early page, I was already doubtful that this clumsily written tome was going to add very much to our understanding of FDR's attitudes and policies toward Nazi Germany. Mr. Casey essentially retells the well-known story of American isolationism, the growing appreciation of the Nazi threat, and Roosevelt's efforts to support Britain and prepare for war without flouting neutrality laws and popular resistance to American involvement. But as for the day-to-day effect of the surveys and opinion polls, I don't think he makes his case. I'm afraid I lost patience and stopped reading after a hundred pages or so.

I was especially disheartened by the mystifying (and total) absence from Mr. Casey's narrative of Joseph P. Kennedy, Roosevelt's anti-British ambassador to Britain. No one tried harder than Joseph P. to persuade Roosevelt that England was moribund in 1940 and to declare Hitler the winner. No other book on this period manages to ignore Kennedy so completely. And would somebody please tell Mr. Casey that the famous 1936 election poll that predicted a Landon landslide was conducted by the Literary Digest, not the Reader's Digest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhouse on June 11, 2012
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Love him or hate him, there's no denying FDR was a master at what he did. After vowing to keep the U.S. out of European conflicts, FDR realized America had to be involved. Through subtle (and not so subtle) means, Roosevelt quietly manipulated the public while being constrained by popular isolationist opinion and his own campaign promises. What a position for FDR...watching Hitler's rise, the world's political and economic climate...and having to make each move deftly, like pieces on a chessboard, to do what he believed was necessary . Not just for the immediate causes of our European allies, but for America AFTER the war as well.
Through a propaganda campaign that would shame even the most extreme politicians of the 21st century, FDR, well... 'cautiously crusades' his cause.

If you enjoy politics or are a history buff, this book is an interesting study of the presidency, politics, public opinion and WWII. "Cautious Crusade" covers it all, and does so without making FDR a hero nor a villain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Jackson on July 19, 2013
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Franklin D. Roosevelt has always been considered one of the greatest presidents in the history of our nation. In fact many sons of the era were named after him including one of my former managers that I reported to. I wrote my final 40 page college major (Government) paper on his accomplishments and legacy.

This book was very detailed revealing a complex man who had to deal with a multitude of political, personal and physical issues during a period in time when our country was threatened by the "Great Depression", Nazi Germany, The Empire of Japan and an isolationist movement. This was while suffering the painful and debilitating effects from polio including paralysis from the waist down. I discovered so many new facts about him that I intend to re-read the book a second and third time. He was president from 1932 until his untimely death in 1945 just before the end of World War II. His death was devastating to most of the nation. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of our nation, the facts behind his decisions and the complex issues present at the time. He is responsible for many of the institutions and culture present in our country today including Social Security, the two term rule for presidents and the sanctity of equal and civil rights for all citizens of all races. A must read even if you don't like his actions and decisions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Silva on August 7, 2012
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Interesting subject that normally does not get in a book by itself. Surprising
that public opinion meant so much to FDR. Obviously, newspapers don't have the
same amount of pull as the 1930's and 40's. Worth the effort to read, although
the writing at times get tedious.
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By Sharon Harrah on July 6, 2014
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This is an interesting piece on the history of FDR's thoughts and actions on and during WWII. If you are old enough to remember WWII and enjoy history I think you will like this.
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