Those Angry Days Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight over World War II, 1939-1941

ISBN-10: 1400069742
ISBN-13: 9781400069743
Edition: 2013
Authors: Lynne Olson
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/26/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 576
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

From the acclaimed author ofCitizens of Londoncomes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War II—a bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world. At the center of this controversy stood the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who, as unofficial leader and spokesman for America’s isolationists, emerged as the president’s most formidable adversary. Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large, and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative. While FDR, buffeted by political pressures on all sides, struggled to marshal public support for aid to Winston Churchill’s Britain, Lindbergh saw his heroic reputation besmirched—and his marriage thrown into turmoil—by allegations that he was a Nazi sympathizer. Spanning the years 1939 to 1941,Those Angry Daysvividly re-creates the rancorous internal squabbles that gripped the United States in the period leading up to Pearl Harbor. After Germany vanquished most of Europe, America found itself torn between its traditional isolationism and the urgent need to come to the aid of Britain, the only country still battling Hitler. The conflict over intervention was, as FDR noted, “a dirty fight,” rife with chicanery and intrigue, andThose Angry Daysrecounts every bruising detail. In Washington, a group of high-ranking military officers, including the Air Force chief of staff, worked to sabotage FDR’s pro-British policies. Roosevelt, meanwhile, authorized FBI wiretaps of Lindbergh and other opponents of intervention. At the same time, a covert British operation, approved by the president, spied on antiwar groups, dug up dirt on congressional isolationists, and planted propaganda in U.S. newspapers. Among the notable figures involved in the struggle were future U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy and Gerald Ford, Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver, and authors Gore Vidal and Kurt Vonnegut. The stakes could not have been higher. The combatants were larger than life. With the immediacy of a great novel,Those Angry Daysbrilliantly recalls a time fraught with danger when the future of democracy and America’s role in the world hung in the balance. Praise for Lynne Olson’sCitizens of London “Engaging and original, rich in anecdote and analysis, this is a terrific work of history.”—Jon Meacham “Citizens of Londonis a great read about the small band of Americans and their courageous role in helping Britain through the darkest days of early World War II. I thought I knew a lot about this dangerous period, but Lynne Olson has taught me so much more.”—Tom Brokaw

Writer Lynne Olson graduated from the University of Arizona and began her career with the Associated Press in 1971. She was its first woman correspondent in Moscow from 1974 to 1976. She also worked as a reporter on national politics for the Baltimore Sun before becoming a freelance writer in 1981. Olson has contributed to publications including the Washington Post, American Heritage, Smithsonian, Working Woman, Ms., Elle, and Glamour. She taught journalism at American University in Washington for five years and has published several books of history.

Introduction
"A Modern Galahad"
"We were Fools"
"Where is My World?"
"You Haven't Got the Votes"
"This War Has Come Home to Me"
"I am Almost Literally Walking on Eggs"
"Paranoia can be Catching"
"The Art of Manipulation"
"Is This War Our Concern?"
"Why do we Not Defend Her?"
"The Greatest of All our Ambassadors"
"The People Saved the Day"
"Congress is Going to Raise Hell"
"An American First, and a Republican Afterward"
"The Yanks are Not Coming"
"The Bubonic Plague Among Writers"
"A National Disgrace"
"Well, Boys, Britain's Broke"
'A Race Against Time"
'A Traitorous Point of View"
"Der F�hrer Thanks You for Your Loyalty"
"Where is this Crisis?"
"Propaganda … with a Very Thick Coating of Sugar"
"Setting the Ground for Anti-Semitism"
"He Was Not Going to Lead the Country into War"
"The Greatest Scoop in History"
"Let's Lick Hell Out of Them"
Aftermath
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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