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The Seventy-Sixth Congress and World War II, 1939-1940
The Seventy-Sixth Congress and World War II, 1939-1940
By David L. Porter
University of Missouri Press, 1979, 236 pp

This is a carefully researched corrective to the exaggerated emphasis most historians have given to the dominance of President Roosevelt over foreign policy on the eve of American entry into World War II. Porter argues that from September 1939, with the outbreak of war in Europe, "internationalists determined the course of American foreign policy." FDR is depicted as timid and cautious.