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The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 Paperback – Bargain Price, September 30, 2003
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Drawing on thousands of previously unreleased documents, secret audio recordings, private diaries, and other information recently made available, Beschloss details the complex diplomacy between the Allied leaders, including their differences over whether to demand Germany's unconditional surrender; how, if at all, to divide Germany after the war; and how to effectively punish Germany without creating the kind of resentment that led to the rise of Hitler. The relationship between the three leaders, and later, Truman, is fascinating, as Beschloss reveals private conversations, ulterior motives, and numerous back-channel deals that took place. Of particular interest is the maneuvering of Roosevelt and Churchill, who were both concerned that the Soviets would attempt a postwar power grab in Western Europe if given the chance. The book also deals with Roosevelt's reluctance to deal with Germany's systematic extermination of the Jews, and the role that his old friend and Treasury Secretary, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., played in pushing the President into action. After learning of the Holocaust, Morgenthau became obsessed with punishing Germany severely, drafting a plan that called for the complete destruction of their mines and factories as a way of forcing Germany into subsistence farming--ideas that put him at odds with Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, and many others in the administration.
The Conquerors is a superbly written, if brief, treatment of the political events leading up to the defeat of Germany, with the main players brought vividly to life by Beschloss's keen eye for detail and his ability to expose the human strengths and weaknesses of the participants. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I bought this book, I could not stop reading it. This book shows a whole new view of how World War 2 was fought against Germany -- why Roosevelt made Stalin and Churchill go for unconditional surrender, even though that strategy ended up killing many more British and American soldiers.
This book shows how for most of the war, Roosevelt resisted pleas to do something to try to save Jewish refugees and stop the killing of the Jews. I heard the author on TV or radio saying that Roosevelt said that the U.S. is a Protestant country and that the Catholics and Jews were only here because they were tolerated. There is a lot of that in the book, as well as Roosevelt saying that if there was a U.S. demagogue who went against the Jews, more blood would flow through New York City's streets than Berlin.
The book also shows how sick FDR was at the end of the war, even forgetting that he had signed certain documents and then asserting that he had not signed them. The book says that when Roosevelt died, he was planning to quit being President and give the job to Harry Truman and then become secretary of the U.N.
It also shows Roosevelt's antipathy toward the Germans, saying that they all should be castrated at the end of the war or that 50 or 100 thousand German officers should be murdered at the end of World War II.Read more ›
Very Best history book I've read in years.
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Well satisfied with price,, condition and delivery time of book---good workPublished 2 months ago by Donald W. Carter
Beschloss has captured, in great detail the political and personal problems/decisions each president faced during WWII.Published 3 months ago by irv nathanson
As others have commented, the book's cover is grossly misleading. The main focus is not on FDR, and certainly not on Harry Truman, who doesn't become president until 75 pages from... Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Varley
The author concentrated most of the book on Secretary Morgantheau. Day by day quotes made it seem if he was his shadow. Roosevelt and particularly Truman's roles were secondary.Published 11 months ago by Sarah A. Callahan
I first encountered Michael Beschloss on PBS, and was taken with his insightful comments on presidential politics. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RSRS
Historically correct from what I already knew and on the references supplied. A little boring resulting from the direct quotes of conversations taken from record such as dairies... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cheryl Smith
In this fascinating book, author Michael Bescloss lays out the debates and machinations within the American government, and between the Allied powers, over how Germany would be... Read morePublished 19 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson