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A close-up, in-the-room look at how FDR took masterful command and control of the Second World War, from wresting key decisions away from Churchill and his own generals, to launching the first successful trial landing in North Africa, and beginning to turn the tide away from the Axis.

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Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDR's masterful—and underappreciated—command of the Allied war effort. Hamilton takes listeners inside FDR's White House Oval Study—his personal command center—and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war.

Time and again, FDR was proven right and his allies and generals were wrong. When the generals wanted to attack the Nazi-fortified coast of France, FDR knew the Allied forces weren't ready. When Churchill insisted his Far East colonies were loyal and would resist the Japanese, Roosevelt knew it was a fantasy. As Hamilton's account reaches its climax with the Torch landings in North Africa in late 1942, the tide of war turns in the Allies' favor and FDR's genius for psychology and military affairs is clear. This must-listen account is an intimate, sweeping look at a great president in history's greatest conflict.

"Lively, elucidating, elegant and highly knowledgeable." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Veteran reader Langton maintains a brisk pace, in keeping with the urgency of the unfolding events, and the tweaks he makes to voice a variety of speakers are subtle yet effective." ---Booklist Audio Review

"James Langton gives Hamilton's history of FDR's military leadership in WWII up to the Allied invasion of North Africa (November 1942) an engaging and enthusiastic narration." ---AudioFile

"This convincingly written and gripping volume is essential for historians, political scientists, and history buffs, for a deeper understanding of the principle of civilian supremacy of the military in the U.S. political system." ---Library Journal Starred Review
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The Mantle of Command

FDR at War, 1941-1942

Author Nigel Hamilton

Narrated by James Langton

Publication date May 13, 2014

Running time 17 hrs 1 min

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