Based on years of archival research and interviews with FDR’s last surviving aides and family members, The Mantle of Command offers an in-depth account of FDR’s consummate—and underappreciated—command of the Allied war effort…and it comes at a perfect time. June 6, 2014 will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the defining battle of World War II which FDR, as U.S. Commander in Chief, ordered to take place—overruling Winston Churchill (who was dead set against the landings), and appointing a U.S. Supreme Commander to head the operation, Dwight Eisenhower.
Author Nigel Hamilton is no stranger to big, definitive biographies. His most successful bestsellers have been close-up looks at the leadership of JFK and Bill Clinton. More recently he wrote smaller books on the craft of biography, and a history of the modern presidency. Here, by looking at one of the greatest leaders in American history, he returns to a man (and a battle) still widely debated today.
Truly, no one could write this book but Nigel Hamilton, and The Mantle of Command will change the way any war history buff thinks about the conflict between FDR and Churchill.
Nigel Hamilton is a bestselling and award-winning biographer of President John F. Kennedy, General Bernard "Monty" Montgomery, and President Bill Clinton, among other subjects. He is a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the founding president of the American Society of Biographers.
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