Threshold of War

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

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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's invasion 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 the climactic nine months before Pearl more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 135.6 x 204.2 x 15.5mm | 288.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 8 maps
  • 0195061683
  • 9780195061680

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The literature on American entry into World War II is rich and abundant but mostly segmented, concerned with particular topics, regions, or more

About Waldo Heinrichs

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 more

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Commendably concise and thoughtful * Dan van der Vat, Guardian * Among all of the many studies of American entry into World War II, Threshold of War stands out as one of the most thoughtful and meaningful. Heinrichs brilliantly demonstrates the interrelationship of policies toward both Germany and Japan against the background of the world conflict. * Frand Friedel, Harvard University * well-written and -researched history of the US entry into the World War II * Library Journal *show more

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