The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler

The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler

By: David Roll (author)Hardback

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Franklin Roosevelt's friend and advisor Harry Hopkins, an Iowan social worker who became the president's political "point man" during World War II, was one of the most improbable and important political operators of the twentieth century. Having gained Roosevelt's trust assisting on campaigns and leading relief and jobs programs-including the WPA-during the 1930s, Hopkins helped the president confront the growing threat, and later the reality, of war. From the beginning, Hopkins grasped that the key to victory was the creation and maintenance of an Allied coalition of military power sustained by economic cooperation. He acted as the self-described "catalytic agent" between the Allied leaders, meeting frequently with Churchill and Stalin both before and long after Pearl Harbor and coordinating the $50 billion Lend-Lease program. David Roll's portrait of Hopkins discusses his early life and career, but emphasizes his role alongside FDR (and later Truman) in World War II, making use of previously private diaries and letters.

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David Roll is the founder of Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world. He was awarded the Purpose Prize Fellowship by Civic Ventures in 2009. He lives with his wife Nancy and their dog Thatcher in Washington, DC and Glen Arbor, Michigan.


Prologue: A Room Upstairs ; Chapter 1: Ambitious Reformer ; Chapter 2: Asks for Nothing Except to Serve ; Chapter 3: They are Sowing the Wind ; Chapter 4: Even to the End ; Chapter 5: First Glimpse of Dawn ; Chapter 6: Vodka Has Authority ; Chapter 7: At Last We Have Gotten Together ; Chapter 8: We Are All In the Same Boat Now ; Chapter 9: Some Sort of a Front this Summer ; Chapter 10: Harry's Invaluable Aid ; Chapter 11: Striking Back ; Chapter 12: Casablanca: A Pretty Feeble Effort ; Chapter 13: Trident: A Mollifying Influence ; Chapter 14: Quadrant: Churchill Converted? ; Chapter 15: Tehran: Lining Up with the Russians ; Chapter 16: A Soldier's Debt ; Chapter 17: From Malta to Yalta ; Chapter 18: A Leave of Absence From Death ; Chapter 19: We Do Well to Salute his Memory ; Acknowledgements ; Notes ; Bibliography

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  • publication date: 11/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780199891955
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 520
  • ID: 9780199891955
  • weight: 834
  • ISBN10: 0199891958

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