Threshold of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Entry into World War II by Waldo Heinrichs

Threshold of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Entry into World War II

byWaldo Heinrichs

Paperback | October 1, 1994

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As the first comprehensive treatment of the American entry into World War II to appear in over thirty-five years, Waldo Heinrichs' volume places American policy in a global context, covering both the European and Asian diplomatic and military scenes, with Roosevelt at the center. Telling a tale of ever-broadening conflict, this vivid narrative weaves back and forth from the battlefields in the Soviet Union, to the intense policy debates within Roosevelt's administration, to the sinking of the battleship Bismarck, to the precarious and delicate negotiations with Japan.Refuting the popular portrayal of Roosevelt as a vacillating, impulsive man who displayed no organizational skills in his decision-making during this period, Heinrichs presents him as a leader who acted with extreme caution and deliberation, who always kept his options open, and who, once Hitler'sinvasion of the Soviet Union stalled in July, 1941, acted rapidly and with great determination. This masterful account of a key moment in American history captures the tension faced by Roosevelt, Churchill, Stimson, Hull, and numerous others as they struggled to shape American policy in theclimactic nine months before Pearl Harbor.

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Waldo Heinrichs is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of American Ambassador: Joseph C. Grew and the Development of the U.S. Diplomatic Tradition.

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Title:Threshold of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Entry into World War IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195061683

ISBN - 13:9780195061680

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"The best synthesis we have of U.S. diplomatic and military history immediately before Pearl Harbor....A deeply researched and splendidly written book."--Robert Dallek, University of California, Los Angeles