• The Mantle of Command

  • FDR at War, 1941–1942
  • By: Nigel Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Brad Sanders
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDR’s masterful - and underappreciated - command of the Allied war effort. Hamilton takes listeners inside FDR’s White House Oval Study - his personal command center - and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war.  

Time and again, FDR was proven right and his allies and generals were wrong. When the generals wanted to attack the Nazi-fortified coast of France, FDR knew the Allied forces weren’t ready. When Churchill insisted his Far East colonies were loyal and would resist the Japanese, Roosevelt knew it was a fantasy. As Hamilton’s account reaches its climax with the Torch landings in North Africa in late 1942, the tide of war turns in the Allies’ favor and FDR’s genius for psychology and military affairs is clear. This intimate, sweeping look at a great president in history’s greatest conflict is must listening.

©2014 Nigel Hamilton (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book, Terrible Narration

I was certainly looking forward to hearing this audiobook, but the halting narrative and insertion of words and phrases into the narrative that didn’t seem to belong, made this audiobook a tough one to get through.
The content however was informative and instructive.