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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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 25 days 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 2 months ago by J. Kean
The more you read this type of information, the more you appreciate the alliance that has changed the world into what we have today. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clifford Watkins
I enjoy di9gging up old dirty about espionage in WW II. Forget Tom Clancy fiction.
This stuff is more thrilling.,
I like reading about history, if we do not educate ourselves of the causes of war then we will repeat it again and again..Published 6 months ago by dona
The author is at his best when describing the intelligence leading up to Pearl Harbor and in detailing what Hitler knew about the conversations and plans going in the White House... Read morePublished 7 months ago by James E. Watkinson
Joe Persico, like Rick Atkinson, is not only a top notch historian and researcher, he is an accomplished and entertaining writer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lynn Stone
Couldn't put the book down. This is a complimentary book to the 3-set series about Churchill called "The Last Lion".Published 8 months ago by James Weirick
Reccomend this as a gift for someone who explores history and Frankin Delano Roosevelt, in particular
Very good reading Thank you.