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The Washington War

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The Washington War by James Lacey
May 28, 2019 | 592 Pages
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“James Lacey’s study of World War II Washington politics reminds us that managing wartime affairs or exercising control in D.C. is always a great challenge. The Washington War, about Franklin Roosevelt’s masterful handling of political difficulties, should be a primer for anyone who is discouraged by current events and wishes to recall how a president makes our system of government function effectively.”—Robert Dallek, New York Times bestselling author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963 

“James Lacey has produced a spectacular book on how American decision making and strategy formulation occurred in the political maelstrom of wartime Washington, the center of the Second World War’s most powerful nation. A work that everyone who has more than a  passing interest in the history of World War II needs to read, The Washington War now establishes Professor Lacey as one of the most important scholars  of American military history.”—Williamson Murray, co-author of A War to Be Won and A Savage War  
“And you thought fighting the Germans was hard! James Lacey’s brilliant new book, The Washington War, shows us the policy conflict raging in our nation’s capital: Harry Hopkins versus Harold Ickes, Sumner Welles versus Cordell Hull, George Marshall versus Ernest King, Jimmy Byrnes versus anyone who got in his way. And towering over them all, FDR, part Machiavelli, part mixologist in chief. Lacey’s book is a delight from start to finish, filled with sharp writing and unforgettable character portraits. I have never read a book that taught me more about wartime power relationships in Washington.”—Robert M. Citino, Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the National WWII Museum

“A densely researched, thorough history for students of Roosevelt and World War II . . . Lacey manages to gather together the many strands of this remarkable story of how the U.S. government harnessed the disparate talents of business leaders, congressmen, volatile generals, and prickly heads of state such as Churchill.”Kirkus Reviews

“A convincing addition to the literature of WWII . . . Lacey deals with issues and strategies, including complex economic considerations, that many others have largely bypassed. . . . Comparisons to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, about Lincoln’s cabinet, are inevitable, and, in fact, the two books make an excellent pairing.”Booklist

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