A good example of this is his relationship with the celebrated aviator Charles Lindbergh. Roosevelt asked J. Edgar Hoover to keep tabs on Lindbergh because he was a critic of the administration, and FDR suspected he was a closeted Nazi (not true, but perhaps an understandable opinion). Roosevelt's Secret War reveals how FDR created a huge intelligence operation and then ran it--he "built espionage into the structure of American government," says Persico. There were plenty of successes (Roosevelt knew about Hitler's plans to invade Russia before they did it), but also failings: Soviet agents burrowed into FDR's administration at the highest levels. One of the best sections of the book addresses a perennial question: Did FDR know the Japanese were about to bomb Pearl Harbor and let them do it because he believed the sneak attack would propel the public into supporting war against the Axis powers? Persico argues that FDR didn't know: "The clues seem to lead to that conclusion like lights on a well-marked runway." He makes a convincing case that "Pearl Harbor was a catastrophe, not a conspiracy." Roosevelt's Secret War is a unique contribution to our understanding of FDR--no other book treats America's longest-serving president as a spymaster--and it will appeal to readers interested in the Second World War and the cloak-and-dagger world of espionage. --John Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I highly recommend this book for those interested in history, politics, and WWII.
Though generally moral, he will bend rules, cast aides against one another and down right lie if the greater good will be advanced by his many prevarications.
Even though the book has a pro-Roosevelt stance I found it very informative and well written.
Very informative and very very interesting. Extraordinary research. Smooth reading.Published 1 month ago by Sahajanand
I thought I knew alot about World War II history, but this book shows me a whole different side.Published 2 months ago by Steven Leenerts
Well written with probing analysis and tidbits of information such as the man who knew about Pearl Harbor but ignored the information was J. Edgar Hoover.Published 2 months ago by A. R. Kearney
the more you learn but fdr he may prove to be just another political disappointment. hurray for eleanor and francis perkins the true progressive in the fdr admin.Published 4 months ago by donaldmize
Mr. Persico is known for his research and fact-checking, something that is no longer that common. He writes clearly and concisely with a lot of detail and knowledge of his subject. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gardening in Upstate NY
Enjoyed reading about FDR's Machiavellian efforts to obtain intelligence. In this, like every other enterprise he directed, the left hand never knew (completely) what the right... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ex-grunt
Well written and presented information. Do wish they had gone a little more in depth on the Enigma, Ultra, and Intrepid programs but it was very comprehensive and kept you... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brian Usher
Well written. If you want to know how WWII was executed by Roosevelt and to some degree, Churchill, then read this book. it could have been subtitled "The Puppetmaster". Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Kean