Books about World War II interest me very much, not only from the position of a History major enjoying reading about something from the past, but also because both my father and father-in-law fought (and survived) this conflict. I thought that I knew quite a bit about the times leading up to December 7, 1941, but after reading this book I can see that I was mistaken.
Most Americans are aware that there was strong opposition to the idea of the US getting involved in the war in Europe, but now I see the strength of this opposition, and the many well-known people in these isolationist organizations, especially Charles Lindbergh.
The book goes into great detail about Lindbergh's activities in the late 30s and early 40s without judging his motives. I believe that he sincerely held his beliefs, as can be seen by his actions after war was declared. What surprised me the most was how FDR was so afraid of the people that he directed his actions based on polls. In times of serious danger to the country, that's not a very good way to initiate (or not initiate, in this case) foreign policy. It's clear that, if Hitler hadn't declared war on the US, we would have gone into a purely Pacific war, leaving England in the lurch, with Lord only knows what consequences might have ensued.
This book is a cautionary tale in hesitation in politics for all the wrong reasons, and it is an excellent one.
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
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