- Roosevelt, Truman, and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945
- Narrated by: Michael Beschloss
- Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 25-10-02
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
The Conquerors explores suspicions that Soviet secret agents manipulated Roosevelt and his officials to do Stalin's bidding on Germany. It reveals new information on FDR's hidden illnesses and how they affected his leadership, and his private talk about quitting his job during his fourth term and letting Harry Truman become President. Finally, it shows how the unprepared new President Truman managed to pick up the pieces and push Stalin and Churchill to accede to a bargain that would let the Anglo-Americans block Soviet threats against Western Europe and ensure that the world would not have to fear another Adolf Hitler.
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By Andy on 06-02-03
looking to the future
The Conquerors was a well researched piece of work. It focused on the struggle within the US government and between the allies on what postwar life should be like in Germany. The key issue seemed to be "how do we keep Germany from starting a war in another 25 years." In listening to this book, I see many parallels with the issues revolving around Iraq which the world faces today.
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By John Pavliga on 13-06-06
Interesting, But A Bit Long
Although this book is not actually all that long, it does go on longer than necessary on Henry Morgenthau and his plan for post-war Germany. Probably half of the book is devoted to Mr. Morgenthau -- very much more than Harry Truman. Morgenthau may deserve his own book, but in this one I expected to hear more about the presidents on its cover than the Treasury Secretary who served them. The book could almost be retitled "The Would-be Conqueror: Henry Morgenthau's Plan for Post-war Germany." Still, the author produced a very interesting work and, reading it himself, provided a pleasant listening experience.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful