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Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and…

Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War…

by Lynne Olson

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I have only begun reading this, but I find it is a well-researched and rather coolly objective account of the struggle between isolationists and internationalists in the last years before the US entered World War II, focusing on the ;personal duel between Charles Lindbergh and Franklin Roosevelt., with considerable discussion of British and American propagandists for intervention and their isolationist opponents. It tends to be very sympathetic to Lindbergh's wife Anne, though not so much to Lindbergh himself; It also follows Anne's brother-in-law Aubrey Morgan, one of the leading British propagandists in America. Although it accept that FDR's side was basically "right" it is very aware of his nature as a calculating politician and does not present him along the heroic lines of some of his admirers. ( )
  antiquary | Nov 26, 2016 |
This covers from 39-41, and the contentious issue of whether and how much the US should support Britain against Germany. FDR and interventionist groups are on one side, while Charles Lindbergh and isolationists are on the other. A sad picture of Lindbergh emerges, as he had been pursued by reporters for years, and proves to make many unwise decisions. Also, the aftermath of his life is quite surprising, as he fathers many children in Europe.

Also, Anne's life is comparably sad, as she lives in his shadow. The book fills an interesting gap in America's wrestling with its unpreparedness for war, and its desire to avoid it entirely. The book is a good read, but not compelling for me. ( )
  jimmoz | Oct 24, 2016 |
Excellent study of the two-year period leading up to Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. The author follows the progress of American public opinion about the growing conflicts in Europe due to the Nazi expansion and conquest of nations. The main antagonists are FDR and Charles Lindbergh, but the story is much wider than those two men. The author excellently details how American isolationist beliefs were an important part of our history as a nation, and how difficult it was to bring out a clear picture of the full threat of Naziism to the world and to America. I really enjoyed reading this book. Olson has also written other histories of the period which I am going to read as well. ( )
1 vote eowynfaramir | Sep 15, 2016 |
A good discussion of the opposition to FDR and the decisions for the US to enter WWII. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 13, 2016 |
The difficult path FDR had to take in adopting pro England policies is well developed here. His foes were Lindbergh, the America First Party, and isolationists were his allies. His allies were the Century Club and other groups. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Traces the crisis period leading up to America's entry into World War II, describing the nation's polarized interventionist and isolationist factions as represented by the government, in the press, and on the streets.

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