Rendezvous with Destiny

Rendezvous with Destiny : How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World

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In the dark days between Hitler's invasion of Poland and the attack on Pearl Harbor, a group of highly unorthodox emissaries dispatched to Europe by President Franklin D. Roosevelt paved the way for America's entry into the war. Sumner Welles, the buttoned-down diplomat eventually ruined by his sexual misdemeanours, met with Mussolini, Hitler and Chamberlain. William 'Wild Bill' Donovan, war hero and future spymaster, visited an isolated United Kingdom to determine whether it could hold out against the Nazis. Harry Hopkins, frail social worker and New Dealer, became an unlikely confidant of Churchill and Stalin. Averell Harriman, banker and railroad heir, ran the massive aid program out of London, where he romanced Churchill's daughter-in-law. Wendell Willkie, the charismatic former Republican presidential candidate, raised British morale and helped FDR to win over wary Americans to the cause. Together, they shaped the future of America, the Second World War, and the modern world. Michael Fullilove restores Roosevelt's unlikely envoys to their proper place in history. Rendezvous with Destiny is stirring and important history, written with the pace of a more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 31mm | 380g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143571990
  • 9780143571995
  • 756,625

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'Rendezvous with Destiny reminds us that the great challenges of any age typically summon the unconventional; in this case, a President who was perhaps the most unconventional of all. Michael Fullilove has produced a fascinating account of how Franklin Roosevelt and the brightest statesmen of their day helped save a civilisation.' - Paul Keating. 'Fullilove proves these crucial figures were more than just the servants of the American Goliath's move from isolationism - they were shapers of destiny in their own right. And he achieves this with a gripping narrative power.' - Thomas Keneallyshow more

About Michael Fullilove

Michael Fullilove is the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute in Sydney and one of Australia's leading thinkers on international affairs. A Rhodes Scholar and former prime ministerial adviser, he writes widely for publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, the New York Times, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs. His previous books include Men and Women of Australia!- Our Greatest Modern Speeches (2014) and Rendezvous with Destiny- How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World (2013), which was awarded the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. His latest book is A Larger Australia- The ABC 2015 Boyer Lectures (2015). Follow the author on Twitter (@mfullilove)show more