Commander in Chief

Commander in Chief

FDR's Battle With Churchill, 1943

eBook - 2016
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--Washington Post "Provocative . . . stimulating to follow. "₇Thomas E. Ricks,--Commander in Chief In Commander in Chief, "The rebuttal to the Churchill multivolume history . . . The war retains its power to shock and surprise. "₇ Boston Globe
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 9780544277441
0544277449
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 464 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
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grandpa97
May 06, 2019

The books are a little unfair to Churchill, and it seems presumptuous to claim this is the memoir FDR never got to write. Still, it is a good series, I look forward to the final installment. The lessons of the Second World War are still valid, and always will be.

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C0wb0y
Jul 17, 2018

As Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” The value of this book is in the recounting of facts such as journal entries, not in Hamilton’s interpretation of these facts. Unfortunately there is too strong of a bias that renders his accounting incomplete or inaccurate. Although Hamilton’s writing style is clunky, his book is interesting and disconcerting. It is amazing to see how close the allies were to losing the war. Also disconcerting to realize how incompetent allied political and military leaders were at the time. It makes me wonder if things are the same in our current day.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 04, 2018

FDR's tact, patience, thinking ahead (Green US army not ready for cross Channel invasion, United Nations postwar, what about Stalin) & visiting the troops at home or near the front just as effective weapons on his blinkered subordinates, Victorian to paranoid allies as to the battle hardened enemies.
What was Hitler's intelligence thinking on Casablanca as "Casa Blanca" as codeword for White House?
Well! It's a bit weird on unearthed stories more akin to say David Weber's Honor Harrington series. It may be slow & long like DW books ,but the author laid out big picture in crisp easy to understand style.

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Einar
Jan 06, 2018

Excellent read, by a revisionist historian. Good writer with a transparent style, dealing with a complex topic. Read it in one go.

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