FDR and the Year That Changed History

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**New York Times Bestseller**

Jay Winik brings to life in "gripping" detail ( The New York Times Book Review ) the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.

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. Now, in a "complex history rendered with great color and sympathy" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review), Jay Winik captures the epic images and extraordinary history "with cinematic force" ( Time) .

1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But millions of lives were at stake as President Roosevelt learned about Hitler's Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of millions of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on an infirm Roosevelt, who faced a momentous decision. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? 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, one challenge--saving Europe's Jews--seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt's grasp.

"Compelling....This dramatic account highlights what too often has been glossed over--that as nobly as the Greatest Generation fought under FDR's command, America could well have done more to thwart Nazi aggression" ( The Boston Globe ). Destined to take its place as one of the great works of World War II, 1944 is the first book to retell these events with moral clarity and a moving appreciation of the extraordinary actions of many extraordinary leaders.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781439114087
Branch Call Number: 940.5373 Winik 09/2015
Characteristics: xiii, 639 pages :,illustrations ;,24 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.

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.

Oct 10, 2015

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


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