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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND KIRKUS REVIEWS

From the acclaimed author of Citizens of London comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War II--a bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world.

At the center of this controversy stood the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who as unofficial leader and spokesman for America's isolationists emerged as the president's most formidable adversary. Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large, and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative. While FDR, buffeted by political pressures on all sides, struggled to marshal public support for aid to Winston Churchill's Britain, Lindbergh saw his heroic reputation besmirched--and his marriage thrown into turmoil--by allegations that he was a Nazi sympathizer.

Spanning the years 1939 to 1941, Those Angry Days vividly re-creates the rancorous internal squabbles that gripped the United States in the period leading up to Pearl Harbor. After Germany vanquished most of Europe, America found itself torn between its traditional isolationism and the urgent need to come to the aid of Britain, the only country still battling Hitler. The conflict over intervention was, as FDR noted, "a dirty fight," rife with chicanery and intrigue, and Those Angry Days recounts every bruising detail. In Washington, a group of high-ranking military officers, including the Air Force chief of staff, worked to sabotage FDR's pro-British policies. Roosevelt, meanwhile, authorized FBI wiretaps of Lindbergh and other opponents of intervention. At the same time, a covert British operation, approved by the president, spied on antiwar groups, dug up dirt on congressional isolationists, and planted propaganda in U.S. newspapers.

The stakes could not have been higher. The combatants were larger than life. With the immediacy of a great novel, Those Angry Days brilliantly recalls a time fraught with danger when the future of democracy and America's role in the world hung in the balance.

Praise for Those Angry Days

"Powerfully [re-creates] this tenebrous era . . . Olson captures in spellbinding detail the key figures in the battle between the Roosevelt administration and the isolationist movement."--The New York Times Book Review

"Popular history at its most riveting . . . In Those Angry Days, journalist-turned-historian Lynne Olson captures [the] period in a fast-moving, highly readable narrative punctuated by high drama."--Associated Press

"Filled with fascinating anecdotes and surprising twists . . . With this stirring book, Lynne Olson confirms her status as our era's foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy."--Madeleine K. Albright

"[An] absorbing chronicle . . . [Olson] doesn't so much revisit a historical period as inhabit it; her scenes flicker as urgently as a newsreel."--The Christian Science Monitor

"Masterfully describes America's conflicting opinions before Pearl Harbor . . . a comprehensive take on another era of angry divisions."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

Praise for Lynne Olson's "Citizens of London" "A deeply inspiring chronicle of the special relationship between America and Britain when it mattered most."--Chris Matthews "Ingenious history . . . All three men were colorful, larger-than-life figures, and Olson's absorbing narrative does them justice."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "An engaging history . . . a vibrant city fueled by courage and resolve.""--The Christian Science Monitor" "A cracking good read.""--New York Post"Advance praise for "Those Angry Days"" " "With this stirring book, Lynne Olson confirms her status as our era's foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy. "Those Angry Days" tells the extraordinary tale of America's internal debate about whether and how to stop Hitler. Filled with fascinating anecdotes and surprising twists, the text raises moral and practical questions that we still struggle with today. Compelling for students of history and casual readers alike."--Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State"Lynne Olson has done it again. "Those Angry Days" is a riveting account of the political tensions and cast of historic figures engaged in an epic battle over the role of the United States in the early years of World War II. It's all here: FDR, Lindbergh, Churchill, Hitler, war in Europe and the Pacific. The stakes could not have been higher and the outcome was never certain. Modern leaders and citizens alike can learn so much from "Those Angry Days.""--Tom Brokaw, author of "The Greatest Generation""Deeply researched and scrupulously evenhanded, Lynne Olson's groundbreaking history vividly captures a previously unexplored period of twentieth-century America. At its heart, "Those Angry Days" is a gripping tale of the brutal battle between two larger-than-life antagonists, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Charles Lindbergh, but Olson's compelling cast of characters includes numerous unsung heroes such as Britain's Lord Lothian and defeated Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie. With fresh insights and riveting new details, Olson examines the shifting alliances and intrigues, the passions that divided families, and the compromises and campaigns that galvanized America to give vital assistance to Britain when it was threatened with massive defeat by Nazi Germany."--Sally Bedell Smith, author of "Elizabeth the Queen" "An exhilarating portrait of America's growing pains in the years leading to World W"In "Those Angry Days, " journalist-turned-historian Lynne Olson captures [the] period in a fast-moving, highly readable narrative punctuated by high drama. It's . . . popular history at its most riveting, detailing what the author rightfully characterizes as 'a brutal, no-holds-barred battle for the soul of the nation.' It is sure to captivate readers seeking a deeper understanding of how public opinion gradually shifted as America moved from bystander to combatant in the war to preserve democracy."--Associated Press"Olson has shone a dramatic light on the complexities of the issue and skillfully portrayed the protagonists of an almost forgotten crisis in American history."--"Newsweek"/The Daily Beast"[An] absorbing chronicle . . . [Olson] doesn't so much revisit a historical period as inhabit it; her scenes flicker as urgently as a newsreel. While highlighting Lindbergh and FDR as its stars, "Those Angry Days" embraces a cast of characters far beyond the book's title characters."--"The Christian Science Monitor"" " "Masterfully describes America's conflicting opinions before Pearl Harbor . . . a comprehensive take on another era of angry divisions."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"" " "Spanning the years 1939 to 1941, Lynne Olson's masterful book relives American's debate over whether to go to war--a bitter clash personified by FDR and Charles Lindbergh."--"Parade""A fully fleshed-out portrait of the battle between the interventionists and isolationists in the eighteen months leading up to Pearl Harbor . . . a vivid, colorful evocation of a charged era."--"Kirkus Reviews"" " "Humanizing public events with private strains . . . Olson delivers a fluid rendition of a tempestuous time."--"Booklist"" " "[Olson] manages to keep her complex, character-filled story on keel as she describes the forces bearing down on FDR's administration while the world slipped into war. . . . Delicious tales abound."--"Publishers WeePowerfully [re-creates] this tenebrous era . . . Olson captures in spellbinding detail the key figures in the battle between the Roosevelt administration and the isolationist movement. "The New York Times Book Review"In "Those Angry Days, " journalist-turned-historian Lynne Olson captures [the] period in a fast-moving, highly readable narrative punctuated by high drama. It s . . . popular history at its most riveting, detailing what the author rightfully characterizes as a brutal, no-holds-barred battle for the soul of the nation. It is sure to captivate readers seeking a deeper understanding of how public opinion gradually shifted as America moved from bystander to combatant in the war to preserve democracy. Associated PressFilled with fascinating anecdotes and surprising twists . . . With this stirring book, Lynne Olson confirms her status as our era s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy. Madeleine K. AlbrightOlson has shone a dramatic light on the complexities of the issue and skillfully portrayed the protagonists of an almost forgotten crisis in American history. "Newsweek"/The Daily Beast[An] absorbing chronicle . . . [Olson] doesn t so much revisit a historical period as inhabit it; her scenes flicker as urgently as a newsreel. While highlighting Lindbergh and FDR as its stars, "Those Angry Days" embraces a cast of characters far beyond the book s title characters. "The Christian Science Monitor" "" Masterfully describes America s conflicting opinions before Pearl Harbor . . . a comprehensive take on another era of angry divisions. "Richmond Times-Dispatch" "" Spanning the years 1939 to 1941, Lynne Olson s masterful book relives American s debate over whether to go to war a bitter clash personified by FDR and Charles Lindbergh. "Parade"A fully fleshed-out portrait of the battle between the interventionists and isolationists in the eighteen months leading up to Pearl Harbor . . . a vivid, colorful evocation of a charged era. "Kirkus Reviews" "" Humanizing public events with private strains . . . Olson delivers a fluid rendition of a tempestuous time. "Booklist" "" [Olson] manages to keep her complex, character-filled story on keel as she describes the forces bearing down on FDR s administration while the world slipped into war. . . . Delicious tales abound. "Publishers Weekly"""Powerfully [re-creates] this tenebrous era . . . Olson captures in spellbinding detail the key figures in the battle between the Roosevelt administration and the isolationist movement."--The New York Times Book Review

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  • Lynne Olson(Author)
  • Random House Inc; First Edition edition (20 April 2013)
  • English
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  • By Edward B. Crutchley on 7 June 2013

    This is a thrilling story and a memorable book, even when knowing the outcome beforehand. It interestingly shows quite a few parallels with today and raises many questions about the democratic process. America believed it had been duped into joining WW1 and, despite the efforts of the likes of William Shirer and Ed Murrow, was not about to put as much trust in perfidious Albion again (anyway, its army then was no bigger than Britain's today). There was, justifiably so, the pathological fear of giving the President too much power, an incumbent refusing to take the initiative when he needed to and would certainly have won, and all too often bling followed by inertia. Obstructive Republicans, bar some notable exceptions, took positions quite contrary to what the Gallup polls were showing. Influence peddling was rife; opinion swaying was in the hands of the elite plus a few secretly implanted Brits; an East Coast clique showed its profound differences with the rest of the country; Hollywood was fearful that its Eastern European connections would be perceived as sources of propaganda and stir up anti-Semitic fervour. The book explores in detail the huge effort and heroics it took to turn American opinion, the battles required merely to supply a bunch of rusted WW1 destroyers to keep the Atlantic lanes open in 1940 and then for Lend-Lease. Increasingly, those who were not on board, including Lindbergh, were written off as pro-Nazi. The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) invented McCarthyism before the man himself. Even the ACLU banned extremist politics in its ranks. Gradually things started to move, America occupied Iceland in a move that justified the protection of Britain-bound convoys to that point. But in grim reality it took Pearl Harbor and Germany's declaration of war after it before things really got going in order to save Europe. Highly recommended.


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