The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler

Paperback | April 14, 2015

byDavid L. Roll

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The Hopkins Touch offers the first portrait in over two decades of the most powerful man in Roosevelt's administration. In this impressive biography, David Roll shows how Harry Hopkins, an Iowa-born social worker who had been an integral part of the New Deal's implementation, became the linchpin in FDR's - and America's - relationships with Churchill and Stalin, and spoke with an authority second only to thepresident's. Hopkins could take the political risks his boss could not, and proved crucial to maintaining personal relations among the Big Three. Beloved by some - such as Churchill, who believed that Hopkins "always went to the root of the matter" - and trusted by most - including the paranoidStalin - there were nevertheless those who resented the influence of "the White House Rasputin." Based on newly available sources, The Hopkins Touch is an absorbing, substantial work that offers a fresh perspective on the World War II era and the Allied leaders, through the life of the man who kept them on point until the war was won.

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The Hopkins Touch offers the first portrait in over two decades of the most powerful man in Roosevelt's administration. In this impressive biography, David Roll shows how Harry Hopkins, an Iowa-born social worker who had been an integral part of the New Deal's implementation, became the linchpin in FDR's - and America's - relationships...

David Roll is a partner at Steptoe and Johnson LLP and founder of Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world. He was awarded the Purpose Prize Fellowship by Civic Ventures in 2009. He lives with his wife Nancy and their dog Thatcher in Was...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190218177

ISBN - 13:9780190218171

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Moving In1. Ambitious Reformer2. Asks for Nothing Except to Serve3. He Suddenly Came Out with It -- The Whole Program4. The Right Man5. First Glimpse of Dawn?6. Vodka Has Authority7. At Last We Have Gotten Together8. We Are All in the Same Boat Now9. Some Sort of a Front This Summer10. The Hopkins Touch11. Lighting the Torch12. The View from Marrakech13. Fault Lines14. The Alliance Shifts15. Tilting toward the Russians16. A Soldier's Debt17. The Best They Could Do18. A Leave of Absence from Death19. The Root of the Matter

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"Sharply observed, gracefully written, David Roll's portrait of FDR's closest adviser offers us an intimate look at the wise, brave, and humane exercise of power. If only other presidents were blessed with advisers like Harry Hopkins!" --Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Struggle to Save the World