The Washington War: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War II
The second term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reaching its halfway point. The relief brought by The New Deal was starting to fade, as certain programs were declared unconstitutional. Roosevelt attempted to counter the Supreme Court by adding more justices and stacking the court with more liberal-minded judges. The attempt failed and the blowback fell on Roosevelt. 1938 also witnessed the expanding forces of Fascism in Europe. Germany’s war machine was a bohemoth set on unquestioned domination. While Allied forces were mobilizing against the nearing threat, the infighting among Department heads in the US, particularly at the State Department and Department of Interior threatened to leave the US behind. Roosevelt encouraged rivalries, while also consolidating wartime production under Executive authority. The US put their feet in the water with the Lend-Lease Act aiding the British, but Pearl Harbor made war a full-time commitment. The United States would fight the war on multiple fronts, Atlantic and Pacific, with steady leadership from General George Marshall, Dwight Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur.
The Washington War examines pre-war Washington with a marked efficiency. James Lacey pulls no punches in describing the various cabinet and military personas, along with politicians. He praises when the time calls for it, but also condemns as well. The book takes an oft written about subject but casts more than enough light to make it great reading.
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