The U.S. Navy was at war in the Atlantic long before 7 December 1941, butlittle is known about that conflict. Mr. Roosevelt's Navy is a vivid, thoroughlyresearched account of this undeclared war upon which Franklin Rooseveltembarked in order to sway the desperate Battle of the Atlantic in favor ofBritain's hard-pressed Royal Navy.
Not only is this book a history of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet and its impacton German-American strategy and diplomacy prior to and immediatelyfollowing American entry into World War II, but it is also a lively account of themuted battles and endless patrols that were the pattern of life for Americansailors in the cold, gray Atlantic. First published in 1975, the book is nowavailable in paperback.
Patrick Abbazia was a professor of military history at the Graduate Center, CityUniversity of New York, USA and is the author of several books and many articlesand reviews. He lives in New York with his wife, Deborah.