David E. Kaiser
- Title: No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War
- Author: David E. Kaiser
- ISBN: null
- Page: 182
- Format: Kindle Edition
While Franklin Delano Roosevelt s first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical Beginning as early as 1939 when Germany first attacked Poland, Roosevelt skillfully navigated a host of challenges a reluctant population, an unprepared military, and disagreements within his cabineWhile Franklin Delano Roosevelt s first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical Beginning as early as 1939 when Germany first attacked Poland, Roosevelt skillfully navigated a host of challenges a reluctant population, an unprepared military, and disagreements within his cabinet to prepare the country for its inevitable confrontation with the Axis.In No End Save Victory, esteemed historian David Kaiser draws on extensive archival research to reveal the careful preparations that enabled the United States to win World War II Alarmed by Germany and Japan s aggressive militarism, Roosevelt understood that the United States would almost certainly be drawn into the conflict raging in Europe and Asia However, the American populace, still traumatized by memories of the First World War, was reluctant to intervene in European and Asian affairs Even serious was the deplorable state of the American military In September of 1940, Roosevelt s military advisors told him that the US would not have the arms, ammunition, or men necessary to undertake any major military operation overseas let alone win such a fight until April of 1942 Aided by his closest military and civilian collaborators, Roosevelt pushed a series of military expansions through Congress that nearly doubled the size of the US Navy and Army, and increased production of the arms, tanks, bombers, and warships that would allow America to prevail in the coming fight.Highlighting Roosevelt s deft management of the strong personalities within his cabinet and his able navigation of the shifting tides of war, No End Save Victory is the definitive account of America s preparations for and entry into World War II As Kaiser shows, it was Roosevelt s masterful leadership and prescience that prepared the reluctant nation to fight and gave it the tools to win.
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How FDR Won the War Memorial Day 2014 offers readers two versions of America’s entry into the Second World War: Nigel Hamilton's, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 and David Kaiser's No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War. Both reach essentially the same conclusion, that Franklin D. Roosevelt’s unique vision and personal leadership skills more than anything else prepared the nation to fight and win the postwar peace. One, The Mantle of Command, is biographical while [...]
The best book I have read that covers American preparations for war in any detail. Kaiser does an excellent job explaining and illustrating the actions taken to prepare America for war and the pivotal role FDR played in those preparations. As a side benny he also puts to rest Wedemayer's self-propagated myth to have developed the American Victory Plan for WWII.This book is a must read for anybody who wants to understand how America got into the war and what we did to prepare for it. Excellent bo [...]
A fascinating and detailed examination of American attitudes and thinking in the years leading up to the Second World War. Kaiser gave a detailed chronicle of every discussion, every decision made in the White House, decisions that had significant impact upon the outcome of the conflict.In his conclusion, Kaiser made the point that leaders of the current Boom generation have been falling short of those of Rossevelt's generation, what Kaiser referred to as the Missionary Generation.At the end of [...]
There are thousands of ways to dice history--this book looks at the 23 months before the US entered WWII. The months leading up to the war were busy preparing for war--what the US didn't know was where it would be. Many believed Hitler would quickly take Britain, go into Spain and Northern Africa, across to Brazil and attack the US from there. Some believed Japan would attack the Philippines and we would have to defend our territory there. There was some talk of Pearl Harbor, but not enough.Roos [...]
I don't remember when I first heard the accusation that Roosevelt had known ahead of time about the Japanese plan to attack Pearl Harbor. Given how fast the US found its war footing, I suppose the rumor wasn't hard for many people to believe. This book gives a lie to that notion.Years before, Roosevelt had set in motion plans to secure the safety of the nation by making the people believe that his concern was only for the nation. The populace was more than willing to gear up war production if it [...]
I liked this book. At least from the author's perspective, FDR had much greater understanding and vision than anyone else about the sequence and timing of events necessary for the U.S. to make a meaningful difference in securing a future for democracy. Although parts of the book get tedious - especially the seemingly never-ending battle with Congress to provide funds for ships and munitions - but it is necessary to fully understand the enormous number of pieces FDR needed to balance as we edged [...]
This is a well researched book on how FDR made plans to fight the Axis powers during WWII. It was written in a chronological order with all the steps FDR made while balancing domestic politics which wanted to avoid going to war. Maybe it was just me, but the book seemed a little too dry and I found it to require more concentration than I would have anticipated. I also felt the author tended to put FDR on a pedestal where he could do little wrong and always was making the right decision at the ri [...]
Fascinating and detailed study of the three years prior to Pearl Harbor when FDR and his team made decisions and plans that allowed the war to be wonif all those plans resulting in selective service, war planning, and industrial production hitting its high peak between July 1943 and July 1944 - it might have been a much harder longer war. You don't just turn out a battleship or carrier overnight even on three shifts a day. The generational concept was interesting, particularly in the epilog whic [...]
I don't completely read a book about once every 4 years and this made that list. I actually stopped to make a cup of coffee twice in the first 75 pages, but sleep still won. Free to the first person who sends me postage.
Very well written account of the years just to prior to entry of the US into WWII, especially of FDR's efforts to prepare the country for entry into the war.
A great book about the period just before the US entered WWII.
Good background on FDR and the isolationist politics of the time. Surprised to see how political things were back then, not so different than today.
Lots of interesting facts about an interesting time, but I couldn't find a compelling narrative to keep me engaged. Slightly disappointing, I had high hopes for this book.
Excellent insight on FDR and how he led the United States into World War Two and how it became a powerhouse in the war industry and the men who fought in the war.
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