A ""dark horse"" from the point of view of sales. Elliott Roosevelt's name will not, per se, carry weight. And yet, having read this record of the conferences in which he served as his father's side, one cannot help but feel that here is an inside picture, from one viewpoint, of how Franklin Roosevelt's mind was working, of what his reactions were to personalities, to points of view, to the dangers of war and of peace. Elliott Roosevelt was at Casablanca, at Cairo, at Teheran; he got his impressions of Yalta from his sister-- and from his father's letters. And in these pages, he pulls no punches. He gives a picture of the conflicts between Churchill and Roosevelt over war plans and over the post-war program. He shows Churchill as a great war leader, but reflects his father's doubts over his capacity to fill the post after the war. He gives a portrait of Stalin, in war and peace. Of a China, insecurely rooted under the leadership of Chiang Kai Shek -- and of his father's fears of China's future. He writes of Roosevelt's confidence in General Marshall as opposed to Churchill's dislike of him. Vignettes of Harry Hopkins, of General Eisenhower, of Patrick Hurley, of Robert Murphy, of Giraud, De Gaulle and others are etched as he felt his father saw them. And-in reports of conversations ""off the record"" at the time, many of the factors behind the scenes emerge. Those who feel how far we have strayed from the path laid down by President Roosevelt will gain courage to try once more to find the road to unity as F.D.R. hoped, worked, planned and prayed it might be. There's first rate reporting here-good interpretation on a human plane- and a close up picture of a great war president. The introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt suggests that some will feel this is just one view.