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The Resource Watching darkness fall : FDR, his ambassadors, and the rise of Adolf Hitler, David McKean

Watching darkness fall : FDR, his ambassadors, and the rise of Adolf Hitler, David McKean

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Watching darkness fall : FDR, his ambassadors, and the rise of Adolf Hitler
Title
Watching darkness fall
Title remainder
FDR, his ambassadors, and the rise of Adolf Hitler
Statement of responsibility
David McKean
Title variation
FDR, his ambassadors, and the rise of Adolf Hitler
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A gripping and groundbreaking account of how all but one of FDR's ambassadors in Europe misjudged Hitler and his intentions As German tanks rolled toward Paris in late May 1940, the U.S. Ambassador to France, William Bullitt, was determined to stay put, holed up in the Chateau St. Firmin in Chantilly, his country residence. Bullitt told the president that he would neither evacuate the embassy nor his chateau, an eighteenth Renaissance manse with a wine cellar of over 18,000 bottles, even though "we have only two revolvers in this entire mission with only forty bullets." As German forces closed in on the French capital, Bullitt wrote the president, "In case I should get blown up before I see you again, I want you to know that it has been marvelous to work for you." As the fighting raged in France, across the English Channel, Ambassador to Great Britain Joseph P. Kennedy wrote to his wife Rose, "The situation is more than critical. It means a terrible finish for the allies." Watching Darkness Fall will recount the rise of the Third Reich in Germany and the road to war from the perspective of four American diplomats in Europe who witnessed it firsthand: Joseph Kennedy, William Dodd, Breckinridge Long, and William Bullitt, who all served in key Western European capitals-London, Berlin, Rome, Paris, and Moscow-in the years prior to World War II. In many ways they were America's first line of defense and they often communicated with the president directly, as Roosevelt's eyes and ears on the ground. Unfortunately, most of them underestimated the power and resolve of Adolf Hitler and Germany's Third Reich. Watching Darkness Fall is a gripping new history of the years leading up to and the beginning of WWII in Europe told through the lives of five well-educated and mostly wealthy men all vying for the attention of the man in the Oval Office"--
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1956-
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McKean, David
Dewey number
940.53/2573094
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E806
LC item number
.M465 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • Ambassadors
  • Germany
  • United States
  • Europe
  • World War, 1939-1945
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Watching darkness fall : FDR, his ambassadors, and the rise of Adolf Hitler, David McKean
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-386) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1285128457
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 396 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250206961
Lccn
2021027073
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)1285128457
Label
Watching darkness fall : FDR, his ambassadors, and the rise of Adolf Hitler, David McKean
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-386) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1285128457
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 396 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250206961
Lccn
2021027073
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1285128457

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