Academic journal article Military Review

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

Academic journal article Military Review

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

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THE CONQUERORS: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945, Michael Beschloss, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2002, 377 pages, $26.95.

The latest work of Michael Beschloss, America's leading presidential historian, is The Conquerors: Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945. Beschloss illuminates the political maneuvering in Washington, D.C., when the United States was waging war against Nazi Germany. Although Beschloss began writing the book in 1991, he waited for the opening of Winston Churchill's papers and archives from the newly defunct Soviet Union before he continued. His delay is our gain.

Using powerful minibiographies, Beschloss provides an unmatched look into the personalities of the key players. Although the information that Beschloss provides is little different from other accounts of the events, he manages to weave the various threads into a single coherent narrative. Written for the educated, informed individual, the book does not get bogged down in dry information.

Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury and long-time friend of Roosevelt, was little concerned with Jewish issues until his aide, Henrietta Klotz, forced him to come to grips with his own Jewish heritage. …

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