Threshold of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Entry into World War II Waldo Heinrichs is available to download
|Threshold of War: Franklin D.Threshold of War: Franklin ... Textbook Roosevelt and American Entry into World War II|
|Type: ||eBook |
|Released: ||1988 |
|Publisher: ||Oxford University Press, USA |
|Page Count: ||294 |
|Format: ||pdf |
|Language: ||English |
|ISBN-10: ||019504424X |
|ISBN-13: ||9780195044249 |
From Publishers Weekly
In this scholarly study, Heinrichs, professor of history at Temple University in Pennsylvania, places American foreign policy in its global context from March 1941, when Lend-Lease began, to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor nine months later. This was a period during which President Roosevelt sought and found ways to adjust U.S. policy to the growing threat of German and Japanese military expansion while, at the same time, overseeing the buildup of the "arsenal for democracy." That arsenal was still very slender, and part of FDR's complex task was to decide how much of it went to the beleaguered British and Russians in Lend-Lease and how much was retained by the increasingly insistent U.S. armed forces. The author traces the dynamics of the prolonged and deliberately dilatory negotiations with Japan (The Hull-Nomura talks) while FDR directed the application of maximum economic pressure against the burgeoning Empire. The book is a solidly researched counterweight to revisionist studies suggesting that Roosevelt's foreign policy was characterized by indecisiveness. Uncertain of German and Japanese intentions, the president was nevertheless "an active and purposeful maker of foreign policy" during the period in question. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In this well-written and -researched history of the U.S. entry into World War II, Heinrichs correctly argues that the proliferation of sources in recent years has encouraged excessive focusing on regions or themes. Yet by 1941 the United States was moving toward an integrated global conflict, as Roosevelt realized that the government could no longer take actions anywhere without considering their worldwide implications. In that climate, the diplomacy of deterrence had at best limited prospects, particularly considering German confidence and Japanese defiance. A worthy successor to William Langer's and L. Everett Gleason's classic, Challenge to Isolation : 1937-1940 (1952). Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado SpringsCopyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.