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Roosevelt, Lindbergh. And America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941

by Olson, Lynne

THOSE ANGRY DAYS views the dark early years of World War II from the American side, as the country was divided into interventionist and isolation factions who fought in Washington, in the press, and even in the streets to express their vehement convictions.

Personifying this bitter struggle were President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the British cause, and famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, who, as unofficial leader and spokesman for America's isolationists, emerged as the president's most formidable adversary. The battle polarized the country, ruining friendships and fracturing families, including that of Lindbergh's wife, Anne. While Anne supported her husband, the rest of her family were leading activists for the interventionist side. The conflict was, as FDR noted, "a dirty fight," involving plenty of chicanery and intrigue.
THOSE ANGRY DAYS brings to life the nail-biting suspense of the period: as Britain alone battled Germany's overwhelming forces, it was an open question whether America would wake up in time to mobilize for war and respond to Churchill's pleas for aid before it was too late. No one has yet written a book focusing on this important and dramatic two year turning point of American history, and who better than Lynne Olson? CITIZENS OF LONDON spent 5 weeks on the New York Times extended bestseller list, and has netted nearly 50,000 copies in combined hardcover and ebook. Here, Olson has once again produced an accessible and entertaining narrative history, told vividly through larger-than-life characters.

Lynne Olson is a former White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. Prior to CITIZENS OF LONDON, she wrote TROUBLESOME YOUNG MEN: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England (published here by FSG and in the UK by Bloomsbury); and FREEDOM’S DAUGHTERS:The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970, and is also the coauthor of two other books.

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With this stirring book, Lynne Olson confirms her status as our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy. Those Angry Days tells the extraordinary tale of America’s internal debate about whether and how to stop Hitler. Filled with fascinating anecdotes and surprising twists, the text raises moral and practical questions that we still struggle with today. Compelling for students of history and casual readers alike.

Quote: Madeleine K. Albright

Lynne Olson has done it again. Those Angry Days is a riveting account of the political tensions and cast of historic figures engaged in an epic battle over the role of the United States in the early years of World War II. It’s all here: FDR, Lindbergh, Churchill, Hitler, war in Europe and the Pacific. The stakes could not have been higher and the outcome was never certain. Modern leaders and citizens alike can learn so much from Those Angry Days.

Quote: Tom Brokaw

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