In This Review

President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941
President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941
By Charles A. Beard
Yale University Press, 1948, 614 pp

Mr. Beard, continuing his attack on Franklin D. Roosevelt's conduct of American foreign policy (and, in effect, accusing him of forcing Japan to start war on us in 1941), reveals once more his inability to comprehend the "facts of international life" and of the security problems faced by any American government under conditions radically different from those of the Jeffersonian era. The inevitable result is distortion of fact and improper appraisal of motive. It is safe to say that Mr. Beard's thesis will not stand the test of time.