From the acclaimed author of Citizens of London comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War IIa 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 Americas isolationists, emerged as the presidents 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 Churchills Britain, Lindbergh saw his heroic reputation besmirchedand his marriage thrown into turmoilby allegations t...
|Title||:||Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||576 pages|
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Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 Reviews
Recently I visited the World War II tunnels under the White Cliffs of Dover. As a retired historian this fostered further interest on my part in examining the events surrounding Dunkirk and the German aerial blitz over England in 1940. Coincidentally, Lynne Olson, the author of a number of books dealing with the United Kingdom and the war, published her most recent effort, THOSE ANGRY DAYS: ROOSEVELT, LINDBERGH AND THE FIGHT OVER WORLD WAR II, 1939-1941, a survey of American policy toward events ...more
The debate over whether the United States should intervene in World War II was loud, intense, and revolved around President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who advocated intervention and Charles Lindbergh who was a primary spokesman for the isolationists in and out of the American government. Lynne Olson recreates the debates prior to Pearl Harbor between those who stressed the traditional isolationism of the United States and those who wanted to come to the assistance of Great Britain which by that p ...more
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll read a book that makes you sit up straight, eyes open wide, and find you have to rethink information that you’ve known for decades. THOSE ANGRY DAYS is one of those books.
Born in 1940, I didn’t learn much about World War II in school; it was so recent that we never reached that period when we studied history. What I did know I picked up mostly from hearsay and, later on, from the print media and books about the Holocaust. I knew, for example, that Franklin D. ...more
This is a marvelous historical book which is a also a page turner.
Olson meticulously fills us in about the battle between the isolationists and the interventionists in newsprint pages and in speeches. She shows the inner workings of Roosevelt, his cabinet and followers and also the strange journey of Lindbergh from hero to oddity and beyond.
This is a story of Americans deeply divided against one another, about accusations of fake news, about foreign powers interfering in US politics, about fears of an immigration crisis, about leaks of classified military intelligence to the press, college protests, resistance groups, a controversial president in a tumultuous election -- and none of it is about the present day, this is all about the debate of whether the US should get involved in WW2.
This book is fantastic. Americans tend to rememb ...more
This is the second book I have read by Lynne Olson and have loved both. This one details the battle within the US in the period 1939-41 between isolationists and interventionists. It was an ugly no-holds barred fight. The isolationists perhaps best known for their movement as American First [sound familiar?] tended to be Midwest conservatives. Although some were sincere in their beliefs as is the case today with the new America First it has become a convenient hiding ground for anti-Semites and ...more
This is an in depth look at the two sides of the issue over whether or not the United States should enter the conflict that would become World War II. Franklin D. Roosevelt and his supporters representing the interventionists and Charles Lindbergh, arguably the second most influential man at this time in the U. S., representing the isolationists. Lindbergh wanted nothing to do with the war. He proposed the U. S. should stay out of the war even if it meant all of Europe, including England, were t ...more
An absolutely fantastic read. Olson writes history with the pace and intensity of a novel. Characters (real characters) are exposed bit by bit through their actions to have their strengths (Wendell Willkie) and weaknesses (FDR and Lindbergh) picked open to view.
... I have always liked FDR but now like him much less.
... I have never liked Lindbergh and now dislike him much more.
... I never knew about Willkie and now think he was a real political hero, the likes of which we have rare ...more