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Life Lessons explores 1941 authored by Marc Wortman

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1941: FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR, A DIVIDED AMERICA IN A WORLD AT WAR- historian Marc Wortman compellingly reveals the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the war in the months and years prior to officially joining the battle.

Timed to the 75th anniversary year of US entry into World War II, 1941 skillfully interweaves military, political, and social history to tell the story of how President Franklin D. Roosevelt used all the powers at his disposal, from helping Winston Churchill and the British Navy with loans, to espionage at home and abroad, to battle with Hitler and the Japanese in the shadows. While the American populace were sympathetic to the people being crushed under the Axis powers, they were unwilling to enter a foreign war. FDR knew he had to fight against isolationism, anti-Semitism, and the scars of World War I to win the war of public sentiment.

1941: FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR is populated with perennially fascinating characters like Churchill, Lindbergh, both branches of the Roosevelt family (at odds over the idea of going to war), FDR advisor and emmissary Harry Hopkins, and finally journalists William Shirer and Philip Johnson

Marc Wortman is an independent historian and award-winning freelance journalist. He is the author of two previous books,The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power

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