Roosevelt's centurions : FDR and the commanders he led to victory in World War II

by Joseph E. Persico

Hardcover, 2013

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Available

Publication

New York : Random House, [2013]

Description

Explains how Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed the role of a hands-on wartime leader, discussing his contributions to military strategy and analyzing how his decisions may have helped end or prolonged the war.

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LibraryThing member VGAHarris
Excellent work from an author who maintains high standards with his writing. Great use of anecdotes, very good flow and momentum to the reading.
LibraryThing member santhony
My expectation for this book, based upon publicity blurbs and publisher summations was for something along the lines of Doris Kearns Goodwins’ A Team of Rivals. What I got instead was a rather thin summation of World War II. Certainly, as FDR was one of the three or four most important figures in the war, and the only one that really straddled both theaters, he was the primary focus. As any such summation would have to include sections on Marshall, King, Arnold, MacArthur and Eisenhower, to infer that the focus of the book is anything other than a broad overview of the war is deceptive.

As a very general overview of the war, it is not bad; however, I’ve read many, more detailed accounts, so I can’t say that I learned anything new from having read this book.
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LibraryThing member marshapetry
Really enjoyed the book content, and the narrator was excellent. It covered the histories of many of FDR's Generals and top men, and FDR himself, from cradle to grave, but also was a general description of WWII and major war events. There was quite a bit of the history-focused events - maybe that was just to tie the connections from general to general, but it ended up being a book covering many many topics (and, yes, was long). I enjoyed it and I think anyone who likes books on WWII will - however, like me, probably many readers would think that the war description stuff could be left out since it only covered brief descriptions. I found the in depth histories of the generals and FDR the best.… (more)
LibraryThing member jamespurcell
Good overview on FDR's choices for and relationships with his admirals and generals. Some factual glitches on the navy side; gun sizes and locations but they do not distract much from the flow. Well read by Dan Woren. Final disc is an excellent summary of the critical leadership role played by FDR in WW2.
LibraryThing member jamespurcell
Good overview on FDR's choices for and relationships with his admirals and generals. Some factual glitches on the navy side; gun sizes and locations but they do not distract much from the flow. Well read by Dan Woren. Final disc is an excellent summary of the critical leadership role played by FDR in WW2.

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