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The Conquerors : Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 - Michael R. Beschloss

The Conquerors

Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

eBook Published: 4th November 2002
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From one of America's most respected historians, The Conquerors reveals one of the most important stories of World War II. As Allied soldiers fought the Nazis, Franklin Roosevelt and, later, Harry Truman fought in private with Churchill and Stalin over how to ensure that Germany could never threaten the world again.
Eleven years in the writing, drawing on newly opened American, Soviet and British documents as well as private diaries, letters and secret audio recordings, Michael Beschloss's gripping narrative lets us eavesdrop on private conversations and telephone calls among a cast of historical giants. The book casts new light upon Roosevelt's concealment of what America knew about Hitler's war against the Jews and his foot-dragging on saving refugees; FDR's actions so shocked his closest friend in the Cabinet, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., that Morgenthau risked their friendship by accusing the President of "acquiescence" in the "murder of the Jews."
After the Normandy invasion, "obsessed" by what he had learned about the Nazis and the Holocaust, Morgenthau drew up a secret blueprint for the Allies to crush Germany by destroying German mines and factories after the European victory. As The Conquerors shows, FDR endorsed most of Morgenthau's plan, and privately pressured a reluctant Churchill to concur. Horrified, Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Secretary of War Henry Stimson leaked the plan to the press at the zenith of the 1944 campaign. Hitler's propagandist Joseph Goebbels denounced the Roosevelt-Churchill "Jewish murder plan" and claimed it would kill forty-three million Germans. Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey charged that by stiffening German resistance, publicity about Morgenthau's plan had cost many U.S. soldiers' lives.
The Conquerors explores suspicions that Soviet secret agents manipulated Roosevelt and his officials to do Stalin's bidding on Germany. It reveals new information on FDR's hidden illnesses and how they affected his leadership -- and his private talk about quitting his job during his fourth term and letting Harry Truman become President. It shows us FDR's final dinner, in April 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia, at which the President and Morgenthau were still arguing over postwar Germany. Finally it shows how the unprepared new President Truman managed to pick up the pieces and push Stalin and Churchill to accede to a bargain that would let the Anglo-Americans block Soviet threats against Western Europe and ensure that the world would not have to fear another Adolf Hitler.

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The New York Times Book Review Vigorously written....This is history as it was spoken at the time, and there is not a dull page.

Contents

PREFACE

CHAPTER ONE

The Plot to Murder Hitler

CHAPTER TWO

"Unconditional Surrender"

CHAPTER THREE

"Fifty Thousand Germans Must Be Shot!"

CHAPTER FOUR

"On the Back of an Envelope"

CHAPTER FIVE

The Terrible Silence

CHAPTER SIX

The "One Hundred Percent American"

CHAPTER SEVEN

"Oppressor of the Jews"

CHAPTER EIGHT

"We Will Have to Get Awfully Busy"

CHAPTER NINE

"Not Nearly as Bad as Sending Them to Gas Chambers"

CHAPTER TEN

"Somebody's Got to Take the Lead"

CHAPTER ELEVEN

"Christianity and Kindness"

CHAPTER TWELVE

"It Is Very, Very Necessary"

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

"Do You Want Me to Beg Like Fala?"

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

"A Hell of a Hubbub"

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

"As Useful as Ten Fresh German Divisions"

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

"Lord Give the President Strength"

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

"The Only Bond Is Their Common Hate"

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

"Arguing About the Future of the World"

CHAPTER NINETEEN

"No Earthly Powers Can Keep Him Here"

CHAPTER TWENTY

"What Will We Make of It?"

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

"I Was Never in Favor of That Crazy Plan"

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

"You and I Will Have to Bear Great Responsibility"

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

"How I Hate This Trip!"

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

"We Are Drifting Toward a Line Down the Center of Germany"

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

"The Spirit and Soul of a People Reborn"

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

The Conquerors

AUTHOR'S NOTE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

GENERAL SOURCES

NOTES

INDEX

ISBN: 9780743260855
ISBN-10: 0743260856
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 4th November 2002
Publisher: Simon & Schuster