The Resource The conquerors : Roosevelt, Truman, and the destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945, Michael Beschloss

The conquerors : Roosevelt, Truman, and the destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945, Michael Beschloss

Label
The conquerors : Roosevelt, Truman, and the destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945
Title
The conquerors
Title remainder
Roosevelt, Truman, and the destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945
Statement of responsibility
Michael Beschloss
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beschloss, Michael R
Dewey number
940.531440943
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E807
LC item number
.B46 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • Truman, Harry S
  • Morgenthau, Henry
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Reconstruction (1939-1951)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The conquerors : Roosevelt, Truman, and the destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945, Michael Beschloss
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-314) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Plot to murder Hitler -- "Unconditional surrender" -- "Fifty thousand Germans must be shot!" -- "On the back of an envelope" -- Terrible silence -- "One hundred percent American" -- "Oppressor of the Jews" -- "We will have to get awfully busy" -- "Not nearly as bad as sending them to gas chambers" -- Somebody's got to take the lead" -- "Christianity and kindness" -- "It is very, very necessary" -- "Do you want me to beg like Fala?" -- "A hell of a hubbub" -- "As useful as ten fresh German divisions" -- "Lord give the president strength" -- "The only bond is their common hate" -- "Arguing about the future of the world" -- "No earthly powers can keep him here" -- "What will we make of it?" -- "I was never in favor of that crazy plan" -- "You and I will have to bear great responsibility" -- "How I hate this trip!" -- "We are drifting toward a line down the center of Germany" -- "Spirit and soul of a people reborn" -- Conquerors
Control code
ocm50315054
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 377 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684810270
Lccn
2002030331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780684810270
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)50315054
Label
The conquerors : Roosevelt, Truman, and the destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945, Michael Beschloss
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-314) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Plot to murder Hitler -- "Unconditional surrender" -- "Fifty thousand Germans must be shot!" -- "On the back of an envelope" -- Terrible silence -- "One hundred percent American" -- "Oppressor of the Jews" -- "We will have to get awfully busy" -- "Not nearly as bad as sending them to gas chambers" -- Somebody's got to take the lead" -- "Christianity and kindness" -- "It is very, very necessary" -- "Do you want me to beg like Fala?" -- "A hell of a hubbub" -- "As useful as ten fresh German divisions" -- "Lord give the president strength" -- "The only bond is their common hate" -- "Arguing about the future of the world" -- "No earthly powers can keep him here" -- "What will we make of it?" -- "I was never in favor of that crazy plan" -- "You and I will have to bear great responsibility" -- "How I hate this trip!" -- "We are drifting toward a line down the center of Germany" -- "Spirit and soul of a people reborn" -- Conquerors
Control code
ocm50315054
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 377 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684810270
Lccn
2002030331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780684810270
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)50315054

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