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Roosevelt Confronts Hitler: America's Entry Into World War II

Roosevelt Confronts Hitler: America's Entry Into World War II

By Patrick J. Heardon

Northern Illinois University Press, 1987, 328 pp.

Following the inspiration of William Appleman Williams, the author argues that the Nazi threat to the American vision of an open economic international system was the central reason the United States went to war. Following different assumptions, other historians have made an equally strong case for the primacy of strategic military concerns. The two points of view, however, may represent a distinction without a fundamental difference.