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Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945
By Robert Dallek
Oxford University Press, 1979, 624 pp
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A long-awaited comprehensive treatment of all of FDR's foreign policy. The author emphasizes that there was considerable deliberation and conscious guile behind Roosevelt's seemingly casual and superficial behavior. He also sees Roosevelt as much less trusting of Stalin and the Soviet Union and more in accord with Churchill than have most historians. A solid summary based on original research and judicious use of the enormous secondary literature, although relatively too much space is devoted to the 1930s with the result that the treatment of World War II is a bit rushed.