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Harry Hopkins: A Biography
Harry Hopkins: A Biography
By Henry H. Adams
Putnam, 1977, 448 pp

The author is the first since Robert Sherwood, whose masterful Roosevelt and Hopkins appeared in 1948, to complete a full biography of Harry Hopkins. He has added significant detail, based on new sources, while confirming Sherwood's portrait of a brave and loyal aide who ranked with George Marshall in his contribution to victory in World War II. The three most influential foreign policy advisers to Presidents in this century were Colonel House for Wilson, Hopkins, and Henry A. Kissinger. Hopkins was more loyal than House, less innovative than Kissinger, but equal to both in his ability to get things done. He died in 1946, exhausted and in debt.