The Washington war : FDR's inner circle and the politics of power that won World War II

by Lacey, Jim, 1958-

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A Team of Rivals for World War II--the inside story of how FDR and the towering personalities around him waged war in the corridors of Washington, D.C., to secure ultimate victory on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific.

The Washington War is the story of how the Second World War was fought and won in the capital's halls of power--and how the United States, which in December 1941 had a nominal army and a decimated naval fleet, was able in only thirty months to fling huge forces onto the European continent and shortly thereafter shatter Imperial Japan's Pacific strongholds.

Three quarters of a century after the overwhelming defeat of the totalitarian Axis forces, the terrifying, razor-thin calculus on which so many critical decisions turned has been forgotten--but had any of these debates gone the other way, the outcome of the war could have been far different: The army in August 1941, about to be disbanded, saved by a single vote. Production plans that would have delayed adequate war matériel for years after Pearl Harbor, circumvented by one uncompromising man's courage and drive. The delicate ballet that precluded a separate peace between Stalin and Hitler. The almost-adopted strategy to stage D-Day at a fatally different time and place. It was all a breathtakingly close-run thing, again and again.

Renowned historian James Lacey takes readers behind the scenes in the cabinet rooms, the Pentagon, the Oval Office, and Hyde Park, and at the pivotal conferences--Campobello Island, Casablanca, Tehran--as these disputes raged. Here are colorful portraits of the great figures--and forgotten geniuses--of the day: New Dealers versus industrialists, political power brokers versus the generals, Churchill and the British high command versus the U.S. chiefs of staff, innovators versus entrenched bureaucrats . . . with the master manipulator, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at the center, setting his brawling patriots one against the other and promoting and capitalizing on the furious turf wars.

Based on years of research and extensive, previously untapped archival resources, The Washington War is the first integrated, comprehensive chronicle of how all these elements--and towering personalities--clashed and ultimately coalesced at each vital turning point, the definitive account of Washington at real war and the titanic political and bureaucratic infighting that miraculously led to final victory.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "From Lacey's first sentence, Battles are won on the fighting fronts, but wars are won in conference rooms, we recognize that this is military history without soldiers or sailors. Lacey deals with issues and strategies, including complex economic considerations, that many others have largely bypassed. The cast of characters who occupied chairs in Washington's conference rooms during WWII constituted a formidable group of strong individuals Harry Hopkins, Henry Wallace, James Byrnes, Cordell Hull, Henry Stimson, and George C. Marshall, among others and they were often in conflict. Yet, as Lacey shows, FDR molded the disparate personalities into a winning team, using his characteristic style of developing camaraderie and fostering deliberate internecine squabbles. Roosevelt's own relationships with Churchill and Stalin added another dimension, as the president and his team maneuvered their way carefully from neutrality to war, treading softly around the isolationists. Pearl Harbor, of course, changed everything, making how to win the war the chief topic for debate. Comparisons to Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals (2005), about Lincoln's cabinet, are inevitable, and, in fact, the two books make an excellent pairing. A convincing addition to the literature of WWII.--Mark Levine Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Historian Lacey (The First Clash) delves deeply into the bureaucracy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, examining in minute detail the accomplishments of the U.S. military and the successes and limits of American diplomacy before and during WWII. Drawing plentiful information from archival sources and biographies, Lacey goes into exhaustive and sometimes extraneous detail to demonstrate how the numerous conflicts within the administration led to "grudging compromises" that resulted in better outcomes than one person working alone would have. But mostly "the petty took precedence over the crucial" as statesmen argued, backstabbed, cried, lied, leaked unflattering stories to the press, and threw temper tantrums to get their preferred plans across. FDR emerges as "the most Machiavellian of U.S. presidents," a charmer who rarely meant a word of what he said and could ignore any trait in his underlings-ineptitude, anti-Semitism, sycophancy-as long as he had their loyalty. Moments of humanity or levity are few-Gen. George Marshall diverting Prime Minister Winston Churchill by asking him to speak extemporaneously on British history being a welcome exception-and Lacey's repetitive prose more often telegraphs than evokes. This volume will likely appeal less to readers of military history than to those who relish tales of Beltway squabbles and bureaucracy gone awry. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945 -- Military leadership.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945 -- Friends and associates.
Marshall, George C. -- (George Catlett), -- 1880-1959.
Morgenthau, Henry, -- 1891-1967.
Stimson, Henry L. -- (Henry Lewis), -- 1867-1950.
Byrnes, James F. -- (James Francis), -- 1882-1972.
King, Ernest Joseph, -- 1878-1956.
Hopkins, Harry L. -- (Harry Lloyd), -- 1890-1946.
Cabinet officers -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Publisher New York :Bantam Books,2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xxii, 567 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 479-538) and index.
ISBN 9780345547583
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