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1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History

by Jay Winik

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This book can easily be read as a history of FDR's role in World War Two, as the author spends enough time on background that years before 1944 and the first few months of 1945 are covered as well as the critical year of 1944. What I found most interesting about this book is the discussion of the Holocaust and what the Allied Powers knew about it during the war years (having been previously somewhat uninformed on this topic). I learned a lot from this book and came away with a very different sense of the war and Holocaust than I had before. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Aug 17, 2016 |
5334. 1944 FDR and the Year That Changed History, by Jay Winik (read 16 Dec 2015) I much appreciated Winik's April 1865, which I read 18 April 2002, so I decided to read this book. Winik has mined other books, many of which I have read, and though there is no bibliography as such, his source notes identify the books he has used. But the book is not well-organized and jumps around chronologically and sometimes repeats itself. Winik spends a lot of time on the Holocaust and argues that FDR should have bombed the concentration camps, especially Auschwitz, since what was going on there was known . Winik excoriates Breckinridge Long as anti-Semitic and affirmatively resisting helping the Jews of Europe and he blames FDR for inaction, though recognizing that there were arguments against such bombing, but Winik says such arguments should have been disregarded. But Winik tells often a fascinating story of an important time and much of the book is good reading. ( )
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