The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.6 X 9.52 X 1.38 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

Nicholas Wapshott's many books include biographies of Margaret Thatcher and Carol Reed, Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics, and The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II. He lives in New York City.


Wapshott successfully unravels the complex sequence of negotiations, hints, half-promises, and cunning that brought Roosevelt the Democratic nomination, re-election to the Presidency, a massive rearmament program, and support for an embattled Britain.
Wapshott sees Roosevelt as a master politician, dissembling when necessary, shrewdly disarming opponents with both tough rhetoric and humor, and slowly leading a reluctant public in the desired direction. This is an informative and timely revisiting of the era in light of our current intervention in the Middle East.--Jay Freeman
Nicholas Wapshott superbly re-creates the fierce debates of those momentous days, when the fate of the world genuinely did teeter on the brink of catastrophe.--Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War and Masters and Commanders
The Sphinx is a brilliant, rigorous, and gripping account of one of the greatest policy and political dramas of American history. Franklin D. Roosevelt's leadership of the isolationist United States into war must rank with the genius of Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson during the Revolution, and with the containment strategy in the Cold War, as among the greatest foreign relations triumphs of any modern nation, and Nicholas Wapshott tells the tale with the elegance and thoroughness it deserves.--Conrad Black, author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom