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The conquerors : Roosevelt, Truman, and the destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

Author: Michael R Beschloss
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As Allied soldiers fought the Nazis, Franklin Roosevelt and, later, Harry Truman fought in private with Churchill and Stalin over how to ensure that Germany could never threaten the world again. Eleven years in the writing, drawing on newly opened American, Soviet and British documents as well as private diaries, letters and secret audio recordings, Michael Beschloss's gripping narrative lets us eavesdrop on private  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beschloss, Michael R.
Conquerors.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2002
(OCoLC)606931919
Online version:
Beschloss, Michael R.
Conquerors.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2002
(OCoLC)631861348
Named Person: Franklin D Roosevelt; Harry S Truman; Henry Morgenthau; Harry S Truman; Franklin D Roosevelt; Harry S Truman; Henry Morgenthau
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael R Beschloss
ISBN: 0684810271 9780684810270
OCLC Number: 50315054
Notes: Donated in memory of Lionel V. Patenaude
Description: xiv, 377 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Plot to murder Hitler --
"Unconditional surrender" --
"Fifty thousand Germans must be shot!" --
"On the back of an envelope" --
Terrible silence --
"One hundred percent American" --
"Oppressor of the Jews" --
"We will have to get awfully busy" --
"Not nearly as bad as sending them to gas chambers" --
Somebody's got to take the lead" --
"Christianity and kindness" --
"It is very, very necessary" --
"Do you want me to beg like Fala?" --
"A hell of a hubbub" --
"As useful as ten fresh German divisions" --
"Lord give the president strength" --
"The only bond is their common hate" --
"Arguing about the future of the world" --
"No earthly powers can keep him here" --
"What will we make of it?" --
"I was never in favor of that crazy plan" --
"You and I will have to bear great responsibility" --
"How I hate this trip!" --
"We are drifting toward a line down the center of Germany" --
"Spirit and soul of a people reborn" --
Conquerors.
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This historical account illuminates the behind-the-scenes negotiations during World War II that led to the emasculation of Germany. US Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, with titanic allies like  Read more...

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