The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

by Michael Beschloss

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Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss's subtitle Roosevelt, Truman, and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941-1945 is more than a little misleading. I thought when I bought the book at a library sale it was about overall World War II strategy. Most of the book takes place from late 1943 through August 1945 and it might better have been titled Roosevelt, Truman, and the Plan to Destroy Postwar Germany. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, horrified by the Holocaust, wanted to reduce Germany to a third world state. The book is largely about the reactions of American, British, and Russian leaders to his ideas. Beschloss details the infighting among cabinet members and the decisions and delays that finally killed the Morgenthau Plan. He spares no one, pointing out the prejudices, biases, and failings of those involved. FDR's declining health plays a large part in the story and Beschloss is especially critical of his Machiavellian management and neglecting to keep Truman, his Vice President, in the loop. Truman finally killed the scorched earth concept and it was replaced by the Marshall Plan. Beschloss concluded in his afterword that the wisdom of that decision is justified by the united and democratic Germany that came out of the end of the Cold War. I suspect that, had he written The Conquerors today, his views of Donald Trump and his shortsighted, bigoted, arrogant, and isolationist policies would be more scathing than those about anyone he profiled in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way the author presented this book. He really dealt with all the issues during WWII.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The topic is interesting but I strongly recommend reading it at the cafe at B&N all at one go. Its difficult to set down and resume because it all seems the same. Of course, having read the New Dealers War right before this one made The Conquerors seem like a companion volume that one can skip. Another 1/4 read book on my shelves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Full of good information.
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i thought the Conquers was a great book very informative and interesting. it held my attention very well unlike most books. i loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very readable and the author has definitely done his homework. The very difficult dilemma of what to do with the defeated Nazi Germany was discussed from the view of the decision makers. The book does a good job of briging out the many factors that went into policy after the war including the all important goal of making it impossible for another similar war to occur and elimination of Nazi ideology. This was not just a simple account of the presidents actions as are so many other books -it included the policy makers that worked for the presidents. I was surprised at the amount of information included on Henry Morgenthau (who was in some ways, a 1940s version of Henry Kissinger). It was frightening how the cabinet members would fight and manuver and have such major differences over policy and the basic values of right and wrong and justice. I do feel that the authors opinions are also included and I also feel that the actions taken and policies are judged in the book by to our Nation's present 2002 values. This will encourage some readers but perhaps not others.
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