The former United States Ambassador to Vichy and Chief of Staff to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman adds his contribution of recollections, many of them documented, to the unfolding history of the war years. Less readable than Stimson's or Sherwood's accounts, and less informative than Hull's memoirs, this volume nevertheless throws valuable new light on American military planning, organization of the armed forces, and relations with the Soviet Union. His comments on Vichy and De Gaulle are perhaps most useful for their clear expression of the Admiral's own attitude.
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