In the next installment of the "splendid memoir Roosevelt didn't get to write" (New York Times), Nigel Hamilton tells the astonishing story of FDR's yearlong defining battle with Churchill as the war raged in Africa and Italy.
Nigel Hamilton's Mantle of Command, long-listed for the National Book Award, drew on years of archival research and interviews to portray FDR in a tight close-up as he determined Allied strategy in the crucial initial phases of World War II. Commander in Chief reveals the astonishing sequel - suppressed by Winston Churchill in his memoirs - of Roosevelt's battles with Churchill to maintain that strategy.
Roosevelt knew that the Allies should take Sicily but avoid a wider battle in Southern Europe, building experience but saving strength to invade France in early 1944. Churchill seemed to agree at Casablanca - only to undermine his own generals and the Allied command, testing Roosevelt's patience to the limit. Churchill was afraid of the invasion planned for Normandy and pushed instead for disastrous fighting in Italy, thereby almost losing the war for the Allies. In a dramatic showdown, FDR finally set the ultimate course for victory by making the ultimate threat.
Commander in Chief shows FDR in top form at a crucial time in the modern history of the West.
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Read the Entire Trilogy by Nigel Hamilton
- Charles Fred Smith
The Most Powerful Man in the World
Hard to stop listening
The Mantle of Command. "FDR at War 1941-42. This is the forerunner to Commander in Chief and should be read first.
The issues surrounding Prime Minister Churchill were key and well developed throughout both of Hamilton's books. I lost a lot of respect for Churchill whose 6 volume History of WWII is supposedly the definitive history of WWII. Although I haven't read Churchill's books, Hamilton's books are based on factual evidence documented throughout, whereas apparently Churchill's volumes were not. However, Churchill was very loyal to FDR which was important to a unified Allied effort.
FDR and Churchill At War
Excellent books anyone interested in history will not want to miss.
- Charles W. Maas