ROOSEVELT: From Munich to Pearl Harbor by Basil Hauch

ROOSEVELT: From Munich to Pearl Harbor

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of the recognized authorities on Roosevelt and the New Deal, here presents cogent arguments in defense of Roosevelt's domestic and foreign policy ""from Munich to Pearl Harbor"". Here are some of the answers to Charles Board's so-called revisionist interpretation. The author claims that Roosevelt's policy was to move from isolationism to internationalism by leading the country into collective security, without entangling alliances or prior commitments. To this and he used such techniques as parallel action, right of consultation, discriminatory arms embargo against aggressors, Lend Lease, etc. He traces the early years when domestic issues were paramount, the Geneva Disarmament Conference, non-intervention in Spain, in Abyssinia, the Neutrality Act -- and then the break with the Quarantine speech and rearmament. The turning point came with Munich. Roosevelt's internationalism as opposed to appeasement is indicated in the Good Neighbor Policy, repeal of the arms embargo, the Welles mission, the destroyer-bases deal, the Atlantic Charter, the Vichy and France stands, the ""shoot on sight"" order. He hotly defends Roosevelt against the infamous Margenstern contentions in in Pearl Harbor. An able, well-marshalled defense, for those who need to have the facts re-assessed.

Pub Date: April 12th, 1950
Publisher: Creative Age