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by Anita Folsom,Burton W. Folsom Jr.,Alan Sklar


by Burton W. Folsom J. In addition to this book (FDR Goes to War), I would recommend the book above as well.

by Burton W. Folsom Jr. (Author), Anita Folsom (Author). With FDR Goes to War, Folsom and his wife Anita educate Americans on the facts we should have known but were never taught. You will find this book both shocking and refreshing. - Lawrence W. Reed, president, Foundation for Economic Education.

FDR Goes to War book. In this provocative new book, historians Burton W. Folsom, J. and Anita Folsom make a compelling case that FDR’s presidency led to evasive and self-serving wartime policies. At a time when most Americans held isolationist sentiments-a backlash against the stunning carnage of World War I-Roosevelt secretly favored an aggressive interventionist foreign policy.

Burton W. and Anita Folsom begin their narrative of the Roosevelt Presidency in January 1933 by describing a meeting between President-elect Roosevelt and two of his advisers: Professors Rexford Tugwell and Raymond Moley. Tugwell and Moley couldn’t believe what they were hearing. After joining Roosevelt’s brain trust with expectations of changing American society by using government programs rather than free enterprise to plan the economy of the future, the two men were hearing a different side of FDR.

Like Burt Folsom’s previous book, FDR Goes to War shines brightest in its portrayal of Roosevelt the political animal. The authors reveal the extent to which FDR’s well-known vindictiveness led him to use the IRS, the FBI, and even the attorney general to go after scores of his political enemies. FDR also engaged a personal spy group, headed by John Franklin Carter, to collect incriminating information about his political enemies.

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Автор: Folsom Anita, Folsom Burton W. Название: FDR Goes to War: How . Название: FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America Издательство: Tantor Media Inc Классификация: ISBN: 145260391X ISBN-13(EAN): 9781452603919 ISBN: 1-452-60391-X ISBN-13(EAN): 978-1-452-60391-9 Обложка/Формат: Compact Disc Вес: . 9 к.

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Burton Folsom's New Deal or Raw Deal? was heralded by critics across the board, and New York Times bestselling author and media personality Glenn Beck called it "a must read to help understand our current fiscal problems. Now, writing with his wife Anita Folsom, a domestic policy specialist, FDR Goes to War expands on the premise that FDR's legacy has damaged America and helped lay the groundwork for the current economic crisis. The Folsoms continue to expose the idyllic legend of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions.

Burton Folsom's New Deal or Raw Deal? was heralded by critics across the board, and #1 New York Times bestselling author and media personality Glenn Beck called it "a must read to help understand our current fiscal problems." Now, writing with his wife Anita Folsom, a domestic policy specialist, FDR Goes to War expands on the premise that FDR's legacy has damaged America and helped lay the groundwork for the current economic crisis.The Folsoms continue to expose the idyllic legend of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions. Many government programs that are widely used today have their seeds in the New Deal. Farm subsidies, minimum wage, and welfare, among others, all stifle economic growth-encouraging decreased productivity and exacerbating unemployment-and public ignorance of some of these policy failures has lent support for similar policies in later years. Informative, groundbreaking, and illuminating, FDR Goes to War is a must-listen for anyone who considers limiting government control and spending as the way to fix the economy.

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Celak
A book report (not a "review")-- more like a summary of things learned, by Ron Housley

Are you one of those who was told that FDR got us out of the Great Depression by taxing, borrowing and spending? that he was therefore a hero?

Were you also taught that FDR was the hero of World War II?

And have you always been taught that FDR did a great job in prosecuting the War? Well, please stand back and re-think these conclusions.

The same problems which prevailed in the 1940s prevail in the 2010s: only today, the amount of borrowing and spending is greater and the promise for a "correction," if even possible, is far more ominous. But the voices of warning are the same and those voices are ignored and vilified today, just as they were decades ago.

It is a crime that over a span of decades now, our government schools have systematically rewritten the history of America. Luckily, there still persists a body of work capturing much of the detail which the Progressive educational establishment has worked so hard to suppress, minimalize, or outright discredit.

Burt Folsom, a Ph.D. professor at Hillsdale College, is clearly on the establishment hit list.

He has been clear in showing us the role of the Federal Reserve in creating and sustaining the Great Depression; on showing us how the regulations and taxation and wealth redistribution of the 1930s deepened and extended that depression; on showing us how America didn't begin to emerge from the Great Depression until AFTER World War II, when Congress finally repealed some of the New Deal's most onerous regulations and taxes.

Yet even today, our rulers in Washington continue to embrace the notion that the long-ago debunked approach of high taxes, crushing regulation and redistribution of other people's wealth is somehow a key to prosperity(!).

FDR won a third term as President in spite of having presided over the worst economy in American history. And so, the playbook for Barack Obama was written.

FDR even put Republicans into key cabinet positions (Secretary of War/Defense), just as Obama did, thereby gaining considerable political advantage.

Wendell Willkie said in the 1940 campaign, "...the President had unleashed a flood of federal spending..." that actually made things worse. Willkie was right, but FDR got the votes anyway.

Today, just like then, the voters cast their ballots, not based on pocket-book considerations, but based on what they feel is morally right: in this case, supporting those in need, never mind that producers are throttled from coast to coast.

Here is a book which summarizes the essential issues at play. It is a short book, a mere 313 pages; but it took me awhile to finish because of the time required to process my deep concern over how my country continues to undermine its potential by its pursuit of a utopian tyranny.

I was enlightened in a number of areas, so I have made chapter titles of my own to set apart the main points that I learned.

FEDERAL SUBSIDIES USED TO BUY VOTES
Folsom tells us about the workings of the WPA, how $4.8-billion in handouts were distributed to key political districts in 1935 (roads, buildings), "using Democratic projects to make votes for the Democratic Party" (p. 43)

It's not all that different from what they do today; the WPA was used back then just like Food Stamps, welfare, Section 8 housing subsidies, etc., are used today.

At election time, "...each state could be reminded that keeping the Democrats in power keeps the federal faucet running." (p. 43) FDR virtually pioneered the corruption of using billions in tax money to buy votes for himself.

THE LYNDON JOHNSON CORRUPTION
I loved hearing the story of how FDR gave $25-million, at Johnson's request, to build a large naval base at Corpus Christi; and the bid was given to Brown & Root because they had loyally funded Johnson's political campaigns. Millions of those dollars found their way back into Johnson's control, so that he could further his own political career by helping Democrats in close races try to win their House seats.

The scam was a kissing cousin of how FDR used the WPA. Johnson "....had become fascinated with the way federal subsidies could be used to win votes." (46) He amassed so much power buying elections for fellow Democrats, the he would ultimately become President himself.

INTERNMENT
It is widely known that FDR ordered massive internment of Japanese Americans during the war. What is not so widely known is that FDR refused to do anything about the 600,000 Italian aliens, since he needed the ethnic Germans and Italians to win the next election.

WAR PREPARATIONS
Did you know that FDR spent lavishly on New Deal programs but refused to strengthen and modernize the military? Not everybody knows that during the 1930s, defense budgets were cut to the bone. "Roosevelt squandered billions of dollars on pet New Deal projects in the eight years leading up to Pearl Harbor while allowing the military to languish with archaic equipment..." (p. 97)

But Roosevelt became the favorite of historians nevertheless, even above George Washington. Roosevelt as a "great president" is at the center of today's government school teachings. Rarely is it mentioned how he deceived the public, how he used tax funds to buy votes, and how he skirted around the Constitution in order to advance his big government schemes.

The centerpiece of his 1940 campaign was the fake promise that he was the candidate of peace: "Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars." (p. 49) While he was telling this to the voters, he was working behind the scenes with Winston Churchill to plan for war.

FDR told everybody that he would send our boys to war only if we were attacked. The stories are legend on how he schemed to provoke that attack.

The parallels with present day are eerie: appeasement as the operating principle; deliberate slashing of military preparedness; endless strategic decisions favorable to the enemy (such as keeping the fleet at Pearl Harbor and sending hundreds of millions of dollars to the Muslem Brotherhood in Egypt); totally unconcerned as the enemy built up its arsenal (Hitler & Japan then, Iran & Korea now).

THE 1942 MID-TERM ELECTION: DEMOCRATIC LOSS
Do you know what was different about the 1942 election, that would explain the Democrat loss to Republicans?

For the first time in FDRs presidency, due to the war's demands for bi-partisanship, FDR had to conduct a campaign without the advantage of using government funds to buy votes. "Fewer and smaller New Deal programs meant fewer Democratic votes over all." (p 139)

Just like "Stimulus Dollars" today are siphoned to politically favored groups, so also were the massive WPA funds of the New Deal siphoned to capture Democrat votes in districts where they were needed. "The main source of the Republican gains (in 1942) was the almost complete disappearance of the WPA." (p 139)

If FDR was going to win the war, he knew that he had to stop denouncing businessmen, because these are the heroes who had to be counted upon to produce the tools of war. No longer demonizing businessmen in conjunction with no longer redistributing their wealth to Democratic voters, the natural result was a Democratic loss at the polls.

The point that astounds me is the degree to which today's low information voters remain blind to this long-established vote buying strategy -- practically institutionalized in the New Deal, and resurrected today. An entire generation has been indoctrinated, this phenomenon carefully excluded from curricula.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DURING WW-II
It is not widely acknowledged, particularly in schools today, that the entrepreneurs rescued the Allies by inventing and producing radar, penicillin, DDT, landing craft, and liberty ships.

The most amazing story is of the many entrepreneurs (Kaiser, Higgins, Simplot) who labored day and night, 7 days per week, all during the war -- they labored under the need to expand and produce, but always with the obstacle that they couldn't expand because the IRS was taking 94%, on the pretext that FDR didn't want any war profiteering.

These men worked themselves to the bone year after year, until the war was won. And what was their reward at war's end: FDR sicked the IRS on them, with multi-million dollar fines, for the audacity to throw their "profits" into growing their businesses, the only way they could feed the troops and provide the ships needed to win that war.

These men literally won the war for the U.S. But even back then, when the horror of losing to Germany and Japan was a real possibility, the majority attitude was that they should be held down by bureaucratic regulation rather than allowed to prosper.
Personal prosperity was considered immoral, even then; even when it was clear that their personal prosperity would win the war for America(!).

TAXES DURING WW-II
Hatred of the rich was rife in the FDR administration. They hated the rich as much or more than the Obama administration does today.

The Democrats actually saw nothing wrong with forcing the rich to pay more than 100% of their income in 1943. "They can pay it from their saved accounts," FDR would quip. FDR unashamedly tried to get Congress to pass a 100% tax on income over $25,000.

The war years saw a frenzied attack on the wealthy: again, just like today.

When reading about the launching of income tax withholding (1942) for the first time, forcing employers to pay the cost of collecting the cash and sending it to Washington, I could feel the glee that administration officials must have felt, as they schemed to vastly expand the lowly income tax. Touted as a war-time measure, FDR's ultimate prize was the knowledge that the quicksand of withholding would last forever.

In the end it was clear that nobody in the FDR Administration had any concept of how business heroes created wealth, not to mention millions of jobs.

FDR's COURTSHIP OF STALIN
For me, the most repulsive element of the FDR story was his undying love for Stalin, the world's most prolific mass murderer.

With a President so favorably disposed to a violent dictator, it is no surprise that even high ranking American military officers could not stop the wholesale give-away of American secrets to the Soviets, even when they *knew* that secret technology was being shipped right under their noses to outstretched hands of an awaiting Stalin.

The reason for FDR's affinity to Stalin: FDR was fooled into concluding that Stalin shared FDR's worldview -- a peaceful society with no intent to dominate other sovereign nations. "They all seem to really want to do what is good for their society instead of wanting to do for themselves," (p.232) FDR said.

The naiveté underlying FDR's war effort was the root of what happened afterward: the Soviet juggernaut intent on dominating the entire world. It is easy to see how in the current day, the present American president is walking in FDR's footsteps.

FDR wrote the book from which today's rulers continue to draw: stimulus to allegedly improve the economy (even though it never worked); and the leader's belief in his ability to "charm" dictators into rational action, resulting only in more damage to America.

"FDR believed he could charm Stalin" (p 237) and the result was to give Stalin and the Communists all of Eastern Europe.

FDR's Tehran compromise with Stalin, to allow Stalin to take over Poland and to have dominance in the Baltics, was largely influenced on what votes he was expecting in the 1944 election. FDR was willing to let Stalin take Poland, as long as the deal wasn't made obvious until after the election.

If it weren't for electioneering combined with FDR's love for Stalin, the prosecution of the war may very well have included a drive through Italy and the Balkins into Berlin, a year before the Normandy invasion. This was the pathway favored by Churchill and the other allies.

I was shocked, all these many decades later, to learn the EXTENT to which FDR deliberately turned over large chunks of the world to Stalin's mass murdering regime.

The entire Cold War suffering and national incarcerations of the 50s, 60s and 70s was the direct result of FDR's methodical, pro-communist, pro-Stalin concessions during WW-II.

Nearly every concession that Stalin wanted Stalin was given, by an adoring FDR(!). The concessions ranged from lavish Lend-Lease give-aways, never to be repaid; to secret documents; to refusing to listen to listen to Whittaker Chambers about the massive government infiltration into the American government (about this McCarthy was right).

What we have here is a side of FDR never included in the curricula of today's schools. In order to become a Harris-Perry or a Chris Matthews, the FDR story requires serious censoring.

The concessions to Stalin manifested right up to the end: it was a deliberate decision to not let Eisenhower march into Berlin before Stalin could get there and loot the city and countryside of much of its industrial equipment. (p. 247)

In the end, millions were killed or imprisoned because FDR insisted that Stalin could be counted on to partner for world peace, even though most of FDR's advisors thought to the contrary. In the end, we got the horrors of the Cold War for many decades to follow.

THE MYTH THAT WW-II ENDED THE GREAT DEPRESSION
The 1945 debate in congress is highly instructive -- if only today's low information voter would take a look at what happened back then....

Millions were still unemployed; more were about to be discharged from the military.

With the national debt becoming astronomical, Congress *cut* taxes for the first time since the 1920's, in spite of Democratic insistence on keeping taxes high. The Democrats claim, wait for it, that we can't have tax breaks for the wealthy(!).

Progressives wanted to retain the high taxes because, just like today, they felt that it was morally wrong for the wealthy to be wealthy -- if others are poor. They would rather have everyone poor than allow the rich to be rich -- never mind the lower standard of living for everyone.

Progressives are not moved by the argument that you can't get a golden egg from a dead goose.

Ultimately, Congress REDUCED taxes and reduced regulations (including price controls). Productivity soared; unemployment plummeted; and by 1946, 60-million were employed (which was FDR's goal in 1932, a goal that was never achieved until the New Deal taxes and restraints were repealed).

The Progressives predicted that cutting taxes would result in 20% unemployment; what quickly came about was 3.9% unemployment.

But even this stunning lesson was ignored by the Progressives then, just as it is ignored by the low information voter today. It is ignored by the education establishment; it is ignored by the politicians; and it is ignored by the journalists.

The party line which has emerged is that FDR got us out of the Great Depression by winning the war.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS....
This is a story of relentless corruption and relentless double-dealing -- all verifiable, but not previously on my personal radar screen these past six decades.

I blame the government schools and I blame the philosophy which has so dominantly infected the education establishment --from the Ph.D. level all the way down into pre-school. With entire generations of collectivists and altruists, it is no surprise that the value of Constitutional government has fallen into low regard; it is no surprise that liberty and freedom have been put in second place behind coercive government programs; it is no surprise that the dreadful legacy of FDR has been entirely whitewashed.

Today, FDR is revered, not only by the Progressive left, but by Ronald Reagan himself. FDR is honored as one of America's top presidents -- when his deserved place in history is closer to traitor.

Americans still love FDR, in spite of all the damage he did. The more he sewed the seeds of destruction, the more he was loved.

But FDR didn't merely fall short; he deliberately opposed the principles underpinning our nation's founding.
Celak
A book report (not a "review")-- more like a summary of things learned, by Ron Housley

Are you one of those who was told that FDR got us out of the Great Depression by taxing, borrowing and spending? that he was therefore a hero?

Were you also taught that FDR was the hero of World War II?

And have you always been taught that FDR did a great job in prosecuting the War? Well, please stand back and re-think these conclusions.

The same problems which prevailed in the 1940s prevail in the 2010s: only today, the amount of borrowing and spending is greater and the promise for a "correction," if even possible, is far more ominous. But the voices of warning are the same and those voices are ignored and vilified today, just as they were decades ago.

It is a crime that over a span of decades now, our government schools have systematically rewritten the history of America. Luckily, there still persists a body of work capturing much of the detail which the Progressive educational establishment has worked so hard to suppress, minimalize, or outright discredit.

Burt Folsom, a Ph.D. professor at Hillsdale College, is clearly on the establishment hit list.

He has been clear in showing us the role of the Federal Reserve in creating and sustaining the Great Depression; on showing us how the regulations and taxation and wealth redistribution of the 1930s deepened and extended that depression; on showing us how America didn't begin to emerge from the Great Depression until AFTER World War II, when Congress finally repealed some of the New Deal's most onerous regulations and taxes.

Yet even today, our rulers in Washington continue to embrace the notion that the long-ago debunked approach of high taxes, crushing regulation and redistribution of other people's wealth is somehow a key to prosperity(!).

FDR won a third term as President in spite of having presided over the worst economy in American history. And so, the playbook for Barack Obama was written.

FDR even put Republicans into key cabinet positions (Secretary of War/Defense), just as Obama did, thereby gaining considerable political advantage.

Wendell Willkie said in the 1940 campaign, "...the President had unleashed a flood of federal spending..." that actually made things worse. Willkie was right, but FDR got the votes anyway.

Today, just like then, the voters cast their ballots, not based on pocket-book considerations, but based on what they feel is morally right: in this case, supporting those in need, never mind that producers are throttled from coast to coast.

Here is a book which summarizes the essential issues at play. It is a short book, a mere 313 pages; but it took me awhile to finish because of the time required to process my deep concern over how my country continues to undermine its potential by its pursuit of a utopian tyranny.

I was enlightened in a number of areas, so I have made chapter titles of my own to set apart the main points that I learned.

FEDERAL SUBSIDIES USED TO BUY VOTES
Folsom tells us about the workings of the WPA, how $4.8-billion in handouts were distributed to key political districts in 1935 (roads, buildings), "using Democratic projects to make votes for the Democratic Party" (p. 43)

It's not all that different from what they do today; the WPA was used back then just like Food Stamps, welfare, Section 8 housing subsidies, etc., are used today.

At election time, "...each state could be reminded that keeping the Democrats in power keeps the federal faucet running." (p. 43) FDR virtually pioneered the corruption of using billions in tax money to buy votes for himself.

THE LYNDON JOHNSON CORRUPTION
I loved hearing the story of how FDR gave $25-million, at Johnson's request, to build a large naval base at Corpus Christi; and the bid was given to Brown & Root because they had loyally funded Johnson's political campaigns. Millions of those dollars found their way back into Johnson's control, so that he could further his own political career by helping Democrats in close races try to win their House seats.

The scam was a kissing cousin of how FDR used the WPA. Johnson "....had become fascinated with the way federal subsidies could be used to win votes." (46) He amassed so much power buying elections for fellow Democrats, the he would ultimately become President himself.

INTERNMENT
It is widely known that FDR ordered massive internment of Japanese Americans during the war. What is not so widely known is that FDR refused to do anything about the 600,000 Italian aliens, since he needed the ethnic Germans and Italians to win the next election.

WAR PREPARATIONS
Did you know that FDR spent lavishly on New Deal programs but refused to strengthen and modernize the military? Not everybody knows that during the 1930s, defense budgets were cut to the bone. "Roosevelt squandered billions of dollars on pet New Deal projects in the eight years leading up to Pearl Harbor while allowing the military to languish with archaic equipment..." (p. 97)

But Roosevelt became the favorite of historians nevertheless, even above George Washington. Roosevelt as a "great president" is at the center of today's government school teachings. Rarely is it mentioned how he deceived the public, how he used tax funds to buy votes, and how he skirted around the Constitution in order to advance his big government schemes.

The centerpiece of his 1940 campaign was the fake promise that he was the candidate of peace: "Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars." (p. 49) While he was telling this to the voters, he was working behind the scenes with Winston Churchill to plan for war.

FDR told everybody that he would send our boys to war only if we were attacked. The stories are legend on how he schemed to provoke that attack.

The parallels with present day are eerie: appeasement as the operating principle; deliberate slashing of military preparedness; endless strategic decisions favorable to the enemy (such as keeping the fleet at Pearl Harbor and sending hundreds of millions of dollars to the Muslem Brotherhood in Egypt); totally unconcerned as the enemy built up its arsenal (Hitler & Japan then, Iran & Korea now).

THE 1942 MID-TERM ELECTION: DEMOCRATIC LOSS
Do you know what was different about the 1942 election, that would explain the Democrat loss to Republicans?

For the first time in FDRs presidency, due to the war's demands for bi-partisanship, FDR had to conduct a campaign without the advantage of using government funds to buy votes. "Fewer and smaller New Deal programs meant fewer Democratic votes over all." (p 139)

Just like "Stimulus Dollars" today are siphoned to politically favored groups, so also were the massive WPA funds of the New Deal siphoned to capture Democrat votes in districts where they were needed. "The main source of the Republican gains (in 1942) was the almost complete disappearance of the WPA." (p 139)

If FDR was going to win the war, he knew that he had to stop denouncing businessmen, because these are the heroes who had to be counted upon to produce the tools of war. No longer demonizing businessmen in conjunction with no longer redistributing their wealth to Democratic voters, the natural result was a Democratic loss at the polls.

The point that astounds me is the degree to which today's low information voters remain blind to this long-established vote buying strategy -- practically institutionalized in the New Deal, and resurrected today. An entire generation has been indoctrinated, this phenomenon carefully excluded from curricula.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DURING WW-II
It is not widely acknowledged, particularly in schools today, that the entrepreneurs rescued the Allies by inventing and producing radar, penicillin, DDT, landing craft, and liberty ships.

The most amazing story is of the many entrepreneurs (Kaiser, Higgins, Simplot) who labored day and night, 7 days per week, all during the war -- they labored under the need to expand and produce, but always with the obstacle that they couldn't expand because the IRS was taking 94%, on the pretext that FDR didn't want any war profiteering.

These men worked themselves to the bone year after year, until the war was won. And what was their reward at war's end: FDR sicked the IRS on them, with multi-million dollar fines, for the audacity to throw their "profits" into growing their businesses, the only way they could feed the troops and provide the ships needed to win that war.

These men literally won the war for the U.S. But even back then, when the horror of losing to Germany and Japan was a real possibility, the majority attitude was that they should be held down by bureaucratic regulation rather than allowed to prosper.
Personal prosperity was considered immoral, even then; even when it was clear that their personal prosperity would win the war for America(!).

TAXES DURING WW-II
Hatred of the rich was rife in the FDR administration. They hated the rich as much or more than the Obama administration does today.

The Democrats actually saw nothing wrong with forcing the rich to pay more than 100% of their income in 1943. "They can pay it from their saved accounts," FDR would quip. FDR unashamedly tried to get Congress to pass a 100% tax on income over $25,000.

The war years saw a frenzied attack on the wealthy: again, just like today.

When reading about the launching of income tax withholding (1942) for the first time, forcing employers to pay the cost of collecting the cash and sending it to Washington, I could feel the glee that administration officials must have felt, as they schemed to vastly expand the lowly income tax. Touted as a war-time measure, FDR's ultimate prize was the knowledge that the quicksand of withholding would last forever.

In the end it was clear that nobody in the FDR Administration had any concept of how business heroes created wealth, not to mention millions of jobs.

FDR's COURTSHIP OF STALIN
For me, the most repulsive element of the FDR story was his undying love for Stalin, the world's most prolific mass murderer.

With a President so favorably disposed to a violent dictator, it is no surprise that even high ranking American military officers could not stop the wholesale give-away of American secrets to the Soviets, even when they *knew* that secret technology was being shipped right under their noses to outstretched hands of an awaiting Stalin.

The reason for FDR's affinity to Stalin: FDR was fooled into concluding that Stalin shared FDR's worldview -- a peaceful society with no intent to dominate other sovereign nations. "They all seem to really want to do what is good for their society instead of wanting to do for themselves," (p.232) FDR said.

The naiveté underlying FDR's war effort was the root of what happened afterward: the Soviet juggernaut intent on dominating the entire world. It is easy to see how in the current day, the present American president is walking in FDR's footsteps.

FDR wrote the book from which today's rulers continue to draw: stimulus to allegedly improve the economy (even though it never worked); and the leader's belief in his ability to "charm" dictators into rational action, resulting only in more damage to America.

"FDR believed he could charm Stalin" (p 237) and the result was to give Stalin and the Communists all of Eastern Europe.

FDR's Tehran compromise with Stalin, to allow Stalin to take over Poland and to have dominance in the Baltics, was largely influenced on what votes he was expecting in the 1944 election. FDR was willing to let Stalin take Poland, as long as the deal wasn't made obvious until after the election.

If it weren't for electioneering combined with FDR's love for Stalin, the prosecution of the war may very well have included a drive through Italy and the Balkins into Berlin, a year before the Normandy invasion. This was the pathway favored by Churchill and the other allies.

I was shocked, all these many decades later, to learn the EXTENT to which FDR deliberately turned over large chunks of the world to Stalin's mass murdering regime.

The entire Cold War suffering and national incarcerations of the 50s, 60s and 70s was the direct result of FDR's methodical, pro-communist, pro-Stalin concessions during WW-II.

Nearly every concession that Stalin wanted Stalin was given, by an adoring FDR(!). The concessions ranged from lavish Lend-Lease give-aways, never to be repaid; to secret documents; to refusing to listen to listen to Whittaker Chambers about the massive government infiltration into the American government (about this McCarthy was right).

What we have here is a side of FDR never included in the curricula of today's schools. In order to become a Harris-Perry or a Chris Matthews, the FDR story requires serious censoring.

The concessions to Stalin manifested right up to the end: it was a deliberate decision to not let Eisenhower march into Berlin before Stalin could get there and loot the city and countryside of much of its industrial equipment. (p. 247)

In the end, millions were killed or imprisoned because FDR insisted that Stalin could be counted on to partner for world peace, even though most of FDR's advisors thought to the contrary. In the end, we got the horrors of the Cold War for many decades to follow.

THE MYTH THAT WW-II ENDED THE GREAT DEPRESSION
The 1945 debate in congress is highly instructive -- if only today's low information voter would take a look at what happened back then....

Millions were still unemployed; more were about to be discharged from the military.

With the national debt becoming astronomical, Congress *cut* taxes for the first time since the 1920's, in spite of Democratic insistence on keeping taxes high. The Democrats claim, wait for it, that we can't have tax breaks for the wealthy(!).

Progressives wanted to retain the high taxes because, just like today, they felt that it was morally wrong for the wealthy to be wealthy -- if others are poor. They would rather have everyone poor than allow the rich to be rich -- never mind the lower standard of living for everyone.

Progressives are not moved by the argument that you can't get a golden egg from a dead goose.

Ultimately, Congress REDUCED taxes and reduced regulations (including price controls). Productivity soared; unemployment plummeted; and by 1946, 60-million were employed (which was FDR's goal in 1932, a goal that was never achieved until the New Deal taxes and restraints were repealed).

The Progressives predicted that cutting taxes would result in 20% unemployment; what quickly came about was 3.9% unemployment.

But even this stunning lesson was ignored by the Progressives then, just as it is ignored by the low information voter today. It is ignored by the education establishment; it is ignored by the politicians; and it is ignored by the journalists.

The party line which has emerged is that FDR got us out of the Great Depression by winning the war.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS....
This is a story of relentless corruption and relentless double-dealing -- all verifiable, but not previously on my personal radar screen these past six decades.

I blame the government schools and I blame the philosophy which has so dominantly infected the education establishment --from the Ph.D. level all the way down into pre-school. With entire generations of collectivists and altruists, it is no surprise that the value of Constitutional government has fallen into low regard; it is no surprise that liberty and freedom have been put in second place behind coercive government programs; it is no surprise that the dreadful legacy of FDR has been entirely whitewashed.

Today, FDR is revered, not only by the Progressive left, but by Ronald Reagan himself. FDR is honored as one of America's top presidents -- when his deserved place in history is closer to traitor.

Americans still love FDR, in spite of all the damage he did. The more he sewed the seeds of destruction, the more he was loved.

But FDR didn't merely fall short; he deliberately opposed the principles underpinning our nation's founding.
Maximilianishe
I view this book as a primer to the book by Herbert Hoover, "Freedom Betrayed". I don't know that either one will be part of any University's American History course, this would be a sad thing. At 85yrs of age, I remember the Depression and certainly the onset and conclusion of WWll. It has been a nagging thought in my mind for years that all was not as it was professed to be in those times and I was part of a family that the name Hoover was not to be mentioned. These books , especially the latter, dispel this thought and has been supplanted with, 'what might have been ".
Maximilianishe
I view this book as a primer to the book by Herbert Hoover, "Freedom Betrayed". I don't know that either one will be part of any University's American History course, this would be a sad thing. At 85yrs of age, I remember the Depression and certainly the onset and conclusion of WWll. It has been a nagging thought in my mind for years that all was not as it was professed to be in those times and I was part of a family that the name Hoover was not to be mentioned. These books , especially the latter, dispel this thought and has been supplanted with, 'what might have been ".
It's so easy
FDR exposed as he really was - a power hungry egotists. How his all consuming obsession with his legacy finally forced him to become pragmatic, stop demonizing free enterprise, unleashing American ingenuity to win the war. I would also recommend reading , Freedom's Forge by Arthur Herman.
It's so easy
FDR exposed as he really was - a power hungry egotists. How his all consuming obsession with his legacy finally forced him to become pragmatic, stop demonizing free enterprise, unleashing American ingenuity to win the war. I would also recommend reading , Freedom's Forge by Arthur Herman.
Syleazahad
Interesting read. Very enlightening and educational as well as educational. Puts new light on what REALLy was going on during the FDR administration. I learned a lot about this time, this man, and his administration.
Syleazahad
Interesting read. Very enlightening and educational as well as educational. Puts new light on what REALLy was going on during the FDR administration. I learned a lot about this time, this man, and his administration.
Lamranilv
Most Americans born after WWII have no idea what life was life during FDR rule as our American Dictator. Excellent reading for any American Historian. I had never known most of what was written because my History texts used back in the 1960's were so bad.
Lamranilv
Most Americans born after WWII have no idea what life was life during FDR rule as our American Dictator. Excellent reading for any American Historian. I had never known most of what was written because my History texts used back in the 1960's were so bad.
Gunos
This is a must read for the serious WWII reader. The book focus is FDR, how he restricted civil liberties, tapped phones and is in many ways a continuation of his book New Deal or Raw Deal. But for the student of WWII it covers information that I have not read in any other WWII history. The most likely reason is because to do so would be damaging to FDR.
Most standard WWII history will cover the mistakes of Hitler, The excellent book (Why Germany Nearly Won by Steven Mercatante) details this. Other mistakes of Hitler are discussed in many other sources like the WWII the Battlefield series. Also, the mistakes of England (appeasement) and Stalin (his trusting Hitler and the purges of his top generals) are analyzed by many a historian. But not so for FDR who is regarded as a sainted figure by many. This book analyzes why the US was so unprepared for war.
There are individual historians who are critical of FDR; however the standard history texts or documentaries treat FDR and US during WWII as something out of the Walton’s or a Ken Burns documentary of everyone working together under the leadership of FDR. The author discusses the dark side of things and shows that the home front was not what that is generally portrayed.
Roosevelt spent money of work projects for political reasons instead of arms, also details facts on why Truman was select VP in 1944. The Truman commission, which is not discussed in most WWII history. I read about it in Caro book on LBJ. There are also many internal problems (labor strikes and the many government agencies a great deal of regulation and hardship) that are not talked about. That there was a major coal strike in 1943 has never been discussed by most historians on the subject of WWII.
The book could be more detailed and also could be more specific in covering WWII, but the other factors of Japanese interment; wiretapping, Russians and taxes are also issues that most historians don’t cover. If the author wanted to write a good book about is he should have titled it “Why the US nearly lost WWII” There were many warnings that WWII was coming when he was contacted that England and France wanted to buy US arms after the German takeover of Czechoslovakia. By then England and France started to rearm. Then after Germany invaded Poland in the fall of 1939, which officially started WWII. FDR didn’t start to rearm he announced it during a fireside chat (after seeing the army starved for funds) until the fall of France in the fall of 1940. WWII was well underway, Japan was in China and it was two years before he should have begun. Then a great deal of the new arms were given away by lend lease.
Most historians discuss FDR knowledge of the breaking of the Japanese code before Pearl Harbor, but state that no one did know where the attack was to happen, however, the problem was that FDR and most in the defense establishment completely underestimated the Japanese. This mistake was as great as Stalin trusting Hitler and purges of generals. FDR mistake was limiting defense and underestimating the Japanese. He was trying to enter the war without the weapons to fight it. If you doubt this FDR was told by Admiral Richardson in the fall of 1940 the truth but FDR did not want to hear it. This was done because for two reasons dislike for business (which included high taxes, and funding the New Deal which was a political base for FDR.
There is a book which I enjoyed reading that relates to it in “Why the Allies Won” by Richard Overy which is mentioned by the author. The Allies won the Second World War because they turned their economic strength into effective fighting power and turned the moral energies of the people into an effective will to win. Mercateante stated in his book that Germany lost because they were not able to incorportate the available resource to win. Folsom states that Roosevelt hated business so much that before the war they were taxed and attacked, but once war started he needed them. That the men are fighting won the war but the men who FDR attacked created the weapons and worked together to win the war. WWII showed that a nation is only as strong as its industry and people. Something the current President should know.
Gunos
This is a must read for the serious WWII reader. The book focus is FDR, how he restricted civil liberties, tapped phones and is in many ways a continuation of his book New Deal or Raw Deal. But for the student of WWII it covers information that I have not read in any other WWII history. The most likely reason is because to do so would be damaging to FDR.
Most standard WWII history will cover the mistakes of Hitler, The excellent book (Why Germany Nearly Won by Steven Mercatante) details this. Other mistakes of Hitler are discussed in many other sources like the WWII the Battlefield series. Also, the mistakes of England (appeasement) and Stalin (his trusting Hitler and the purges of his top generals) are analyzed by many a historian. But not so for FDR who is regarded as a sainted figure by many. This book analyzes why the US was so unprepared for war.
There are individual historians who are critical of FDR; however the standard history texts or documentaries treat FDR and US during WWII as something out of the Walton’s or a Ken Burns documentary of everyone working together under the leadership of FDR. The author discusses the dark side of things and shows that the home front was not what that is generally portrayed.
Roosevelt spent money of work projects for political reasons instead of arms, also details facts on why Truman was select VP in 1944. The Truman commission, which is not discussed in most WWII history. I read about it in Caro book on LBJ. There are also many internal problems (labor strikes and the many government agencies a great deal of regulation and hardship) that are not talked about. That there was a major coal strike in 1943 has never been discussed by most historians on the subject of WWII.
The book could be more detailed and also could be more specific in covering WWII, but the other factors of Japanese interment; wiretapping, Russians and taxes are also issues that most historians don’t cover. If the author wanted to write a good book about is he should have titled it “Why the US nearly lost WWII” There were many warnings that WWII was coming when he was contacted that England and France wanted to buy US arms after the German takeover of Czechoslovakia. By then England and France started to rearm. Then after Germany invaded Poland in the fall of 1939, which officially started WWII. FDR didn’t start to rearm he announced it during a fireside chat (after seeing the army starved for funds) until the fall of France in the fall of 1940. WWII was well underway, Japan was in China and it was two years before he should have begun. Then a great deal of the new arms were given away by lend lease.
Most historians discuss FDR knowledge of the breaking of the Japanese code before Pearl Harbor, but state that no one did know where the attack was to happen, however, the problem was that FDR and most in the defense establishment completely underestimated the Japanese. This mistake was as great as Stalin trusting Hitler and purges of generals. FDR mistake was limiting defense and underestimating the Japanese. He was trying to enter the war without the weapons to fight it. If you doubt this FDR was told by Admiral Richardson in the fall of 1940 the truth but FDR did not want to hear it. This was done because for two reasons dislike for business (which included high taxes, and funding the New Deal which was a political base for FDR.
There is a book which I enjoyed reading that relates to it in “Why the Allies Won” by Richard Overy which is mentioned by the author. The Allies won the Second World War because they turned their economic strength into effective fighting power and turned the moral energies of the people into an effective will to win. Mercateante stated in his book that Germany lost because they were not able to incorportate the available resource to win. Folsom states that Roosevelt hated business so much that before the war they were taxed and attacked, but once war started he needed them. That the men are fighting won the war but the men who FDR attacked created the weapons and worked together to win the war. WWII showed that a nation is only as strong as its industry and people. Something the current President should know.
Usic
It is good to read and discern history. I recommend reading this book as another perspective on FDR. We all need to continue to do the research and seek truth.
Usic
It is good to read and discern history. I recommend reading this book as another perspective on FDR. We all need to continue to do the research and seek truth.