A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days That Mobilized America

A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days That Mobilized America

by Susan Dunn


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One hundred days that set the stage for the American Century

In the cold winter months that followed Franklin Roosevelt’s election in November 1940 to an unprecedented third term in the White House, he confronted a worldwide military and moral catastrophe. Almost all the European democracies had fallen under the ruthless onslaught of the Nazi army and air force. Great Britain stood alone, a fragile bastion between Germany and American immersion in war. In the Pacific world, Japan had extended its tentacles deeper into China. Susan Dunn dramatically brings to life the most vital and transformational period of Roosevelt’s presidency: the hundred days between December 1940 and March 1941, when he mobilized American industry, mustered the American people, initiated the crucial programs and approved the strategic plans for America’s leadership in World War II. As the nation began its transition into the preeminent military, industrial, and moral power on the planet, FDR laid out the stunning blueprint not only for war but for the American Century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300244342
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Series: The Henry L. Stimson Lectures Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,190,904
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Dunn, the Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams College, is the author of a dozen books, including 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election Amid the Storm.

Table of Contents

1 The God of No Foreign War 1

2 Lousy November 13

3 Plan Dog 31

4 Cruising in December 50

5 The Arsenal of Ideas 73

6 Make the Army Roll 101

7 Have We the Vision? 122

8 Joint Talks 144

9 The Flames of World Conflagration Lick Everywhere 158

10 The Third Hundred Days 176

Notes 183

Acknowledgments 237

Credits 239

Index 241

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