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The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945
The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945
by Michael R. Beschloss
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover, February 20, 2003
In his book, The Conquerors, Michael Beschloss, media-historian, has produced an inviting and commercialized version of American policy making at the moment of Allied victory over Nazism. Roosevelt's Dutchess County neighbor and Treasury Secretary, Henry Morgenthau, is the central figure in this many-chaptered, trim account. While the cover jacket depicts confident images of Roosevelt and Truman, the book might have been better titled, Morgenthau's Folly. Roosevelt and Truman are secondary actors in this page-turning chronicle. As the author meticulously relates, Morgenthau was a belated advocate of Jewish interests. He sought a cold-fisted, post-war policy of de-industrialization of Germany. The bulk of the narrative recounts the policy dance surrounding Morgenthau's pleadings. The author's treatment, while nicely footnoted, is not without the common warts of popular histories. At one point (page 167), Beschloss gives fresh currency to an old rumor about Harry Hopkins without shedding light on its authenticity. For readers interested in Second World War policy brawls, the book may be a curious delight.

The Third Freedom: Ending Hunger In Our Time
The Third Freedom: Ending Hunger In Our Time
by George McGovern
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Layman's Guide to Reduce Hunger, March 4, 2001
George McGovern, former senator from South Dakota, has written a compact, layman's guide, The Third Freedom, on the politics of hunger. McGovern, long-time workhorse of food and agriculture policies, makes the case for a 5-point program to end hunger. The book's biographical anecdotes are as compelling as the case he makes. The author, World War II bomber pilot and Democratic presidential nominee, draws upon experiences from the Great Depression to the Clinton administration. Along the way, the reader learns how McGovern's father, farmers, Franklin Roosevelt, Henry Wallace, John Kennedy, Maryknoll missionaries and Pope John XXIII infulenced his thinking.
In the 1960s, McGovern's origination and stewardship of food and agriculture policies led to programs that benefited the U.S. economy. In the new century, McGovern uses his national visibility and standing to propose fresh political remedies: food policies that favor women and children; universal school lunch; genetically modified crops; fresh water; and agricultural aid modeled on the Peace Corps. The author endorses government action, rooted in biblical teachings, to feed the hungry. While the book is short on documentation, it is long on policy. The title from Gary Hart's memoir of McGoven's ill-fated presidential bid, Right from the Start, may aptly sum up this new work.

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