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The Challenge to Isolation, 1937-1940
The Challenge to Isolation, 1937-1940
By William L. Langer and S. Everett Gleason
Harper (for the Council on Foreign Relations), 1952, 794 pp.

This impressive study is easily the most complete and authoritative account of American diplomacy from President Roosevelt's "quarantine" speech to the destroyer deal. The product of extensive and expert research, including full use of files of the State Department and many unpublished diaries and memoranda of leading protagonists, it is highly successful in accomplishing its purpose of relating American policy to the developing world situation. The authors' experienced mastery of European diplomacy is evident throughout. A forthcoming volume will carry the story to December 1941.