1944

1944

FDR and the Year That Changed History

Large Print - 2016
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It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that it would even end well. 1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler's waning power. Instead, it saved those democracies -- but with a fateful cost. 1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the planning of Operation Overlord with Churchill and Stalin, the unprecedented D-Day invasion and the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But on the way, millions of more lives were still at stake as President Roosevelt was exposed to mounting evidence of the most grotesque crime in history, the Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on Roosevelt, whose rapidly deteriorating health was a closely guarded secret. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Was a rescue even possible? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? In a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world's reach, including the liberation of Europe, one challenge -- saving Europe's Jews -- seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt's grasp.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410486004
1410486001
Branch Call Number: LP 940.5373 W727N 2015
Characteristics: large print
1027 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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RPursley Mar 24, 2016

This book is most disappointing. While portraying itself as a history of 1944 and the momentous events that occurred during that year, it is mostly a discussion of the Jewish holocaust. Little is given other seminal events during that year and absolutely nothing of the Pacific campaigns. The title of the book would have one believe otherwise. Winik should have titled it appropriately.

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MichaelMarchese
Jan 07, 2016

Wonderfully written and extremely engaging -- Mr. Winik is a vivid storyteller considering such a heavy topic as The Holocaust . However the author is completely wrong about Roosevelt’s failure to bomb
the death camp at Auschwitz . After the war , Albert Speer --- who had been the Nazi minister of armaments and war production --- proclaimed that if the Allies had destroyed the gas chambers, he told a historian, “Hitler would have hit the roof. . . . He would have ordered the return to mass shooting. And immediately, as a matter of top priority.” Indeed, after the SS abandoned Auschwitz in January 1945, the ever-resourceful Nazis found ways to murder another quarter of a million Jews before the victory Roosevelt did not live to see finally came that May.

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dedmanshootn
Oct 10, 2015

real, tough history that reads like a fine novel. will likely at least excerpt again. highly recommend

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