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By Robert Dallek

Because the unique e-book of this vintage ebook in 1979, Roosevelt's international coverage has come lower than assault on 3 details: was once Roosevelt chargeable for the disagreement with Japan that ended in the assault at Pearl Harbor? Did Roosevelt "give away" jap Europe to Stalin and the U.S.S.R. at Yalta? And, most importantly, did Roosevelt abandon Europe's Jews to the Holocaust, making no direct attempt to assist them? In a brand new Afterword to his definitive historical past, Dallek vigorously and brilliantly defends Roosevelt's coverage. He emphasizes how Roosevelt operated as a grasp flesh presser in holding a countrywide consensus for his international coverage all through his presidency and the way he brilliantly accomplished his coverage and armed forces objectives.

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7 But whatever the appearances, Roosevelt badly wanted to establish fundamental points of monetary and economic agreement with his visitors as initial steps toward a successful world conference. His principal guests reciprocated this wish. Britain's sixty-six-year-old Prime Minister, former Labor Party leader, Ramsay MacDonald, held a "mystic confidence . . " More to the point, his continued leadership of a national government dominated by Conservatives seemed to require some success in Washington.

Exasperated and discouragement . . " Worse, they predicted that a breakdown of the 35 36 I N T E R N A T I O N A L I S T AS N A T I O N A L I S T , 1932-34 Conference would aggravate European tensions and jeopardize world economic reform. In response to this news, Roosevelt moved to prevent a collapse. " One token of Roosevelt's sincerity was his determination further to reduce the size of America's small 140,000-111311 Army, a step that also promised to free money for desperately needed domestic relief.

In his speech of February 2, he attacked the excessively high Smoot-Hawley tariffs of 1931 as injurious to world trade and the American farmer. He proposed in its place a reciprocal trade program which could start the wheels of American industry turning again and save American farmers from buying in a protected market and selling in a competitive one. 28 By the time the presidential campaign was over, however, Roosevelt had also backed away from these ideas. Eager not to risk any of the lead 2O PROLOGUE he had established over Hoover at the start of the campaign, he made a systematic effort to avoid controversial positions that could antagonize significant groups.

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