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Commander in Chief - FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943

Nigel Hamilton

In the next installment of the "splendid memoir Roosevelt didn't get to write" (New York Times), Nigel Hamilton tells the astonishing story of FDR's year-long, defining battle with Churchill, as the war raged in Africa and Italy. Nigel Hamilton's Mantle of Command, long-listed for the National Book Award, drew on years of archival research and interviews to portray FDR in a tight close up, as he determined Allied strategy in the crucial initial phases of World War II. Commander in Chief reveals the astonishing sequel - suppressed by Winston Churchill in his memoirs - of Roosevelt's battles with Churchill to maintain that strategy. Roosevelt knew that the Allies should take Sicily but avoid a wider battle in southern Europe, building experience but saving strength to invade France in early 1944. Churchill seemed to agree at Casablanca - only to undermine his own generals and the Allied command, testing Roosevelt's patience to the limit. Churchill was afraid of the invasion planned for Normandy, and pushed instead for disastrous fighting in Italy, thereby almost losing the war for the Allies. In a dramatic showdown, FDR finally set the ultimate course for victory by making the ultimate threat. Commander in Chief shows FDR in top form at a crucial time in the modern history of the West.

In the next installment of the "splendid memoir Roosevelt didn't get to write" (New York Times), Nigel Hamilton tells the astonishing story of FDR's year-long, defining battle with Churchill, as the war raged in Africa and Italy. Nigel Hamilton's Mantle of Command, long-listed for the National Book Award, drew on years of archival research and interviews to portray FDR in a tight close up, as he determined Allied strategy in the crucial initial phases of World War II. Commander in Chief reveals the astonishing sequel - suppressed by Winston Churchill in his memoirs - of Roosevelt's battles with Churchill to maintain that strategy. Roosevelt knew that the Allies should take Sicily but avoid a wider battle in southern Europe, building experience but saving strength to invade France in early 1944. Churchill seemed to agree at Casablanca - only to undermine his own generals and the Allied command, testing Roosevelt's patience to the limit. Churchill was afraid of the invasion planned for Normandy, and pushed instead for disastrous fighting in Italy, thereby almost losing the war for the Allies. In a dramatic showdown, FDR finally set the ultimate course for victory by making the ultimate threat. Commander in Chief shows FDR in top form at a crucial time in the modern history of the West.
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In the next installment of the "splendid memoir Roosevelt didn't get to write" (New York Times), Nigel Hamilton tells the astonishing story of FDR's year-long, defining battle with Churchill, as the war raged in Africa and Italy. Nigel Hamilton's Mantle of Command, long-listed for the National Book Award, drew on years of archival research and interviews to portray FDR in a tight close up, as he determined Allied strategy in the crucial initial phases of World War II. Commander in Chief reveals the astonishing sequel - suppressed by Winston Churchill in his memoirs - of Roosevelt's battles with Churchill to maintain that strategy. Roosevelt knew that the Allies should take Sicily but avoid a wider battle in southern Europe, building experience but saving strength to invade France in early 1944. Churchill seemed to agree at Casablanca - only to undermine his own generals and the Allied command, testing Roosevelt's patience to the limit. Churchill was afraid of the invasion planned for Normandy, and pushed instead for disastrous fighting in Italy, thereby almost losing the war for the Allies. In a dramatic showdown, FDR finally set the ultimate course for victory by making the ultimate threat. Commander in Chief shows FDR in top form at a crucial time in the modern history of the West.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Shaun Grindell

Length:

14h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

35:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

30:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

20:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

33:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

19:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:10


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

17:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

20:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

25:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

23:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

14:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

14:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

29:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

12:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:32