1944 1944


FDR and the Year That Changed History

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Publisher Description

**New York Times Bestseller**

Jay Winik brings to life in “gripping” detail (The New York Times Book Review) the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.

1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler’s waning power. Instead, it saved those democracies—but with a fateful cost. Now, in a “complex history rendered with great color and sympathy” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Jay Winik captures the epic images and extraordinary history “with cinematic force” (Time).

1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But millions of lives were at stake as President Roosevelt learned about Hitler’s Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of millions of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on an infirm Roosevelt, who faced a momentous decision. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? In a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world’s reach, one challenge—saving Europe’s Jews—seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt’s grasp.

“Compelling….This dramatic account highlights what too often has been glossed over—that as nobly as the Greatest Generation fought under FDR’s command, America could well have done more to thwart Nazi aggression” (The Boston Globe). Destined to take its place as one of the great works of World War II, 1944 is the first book to retell these events with moral clarity and a moving appreciation of the extraordinary actions of many extraordinary leaders.

September 22
Simon & Schuster
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Customer Reviews

Frustrated Moderate ,

Good Book, but Surprised

Let me first get out of the way, I loved Jay Winik's earlier effort, April 1865. In that book he did a superb job in detailing just how so many things could have gone differently, and altered history dramatically. Probably at the root of my surprise and mild disappointment, is my expectations of 1944 going in, were too high.

The book started out very promising, with details about FDR I had never read before. I feel Jay did a great job detailing how FDR and his administration's foot dragging impacted The Holocaust. But I feel the balance of the book weighed too much on that part. I would have liked to have seen more about D-Day, more about the Pacific War, and more about the interplay between Eisenhower, Marshall, Churchill, and FDR. And Jay just teased us with what FDR's weak performance at Tehran did to set the stage for the Cold War and the next 50 years. Also, I thought Jay could have covered the important context material (events & facts leading up to 1944) a little faster and with much fewer pages.

All in all though, another well written book, filled with compelling stories, and in Jay's easy to read writing style. Probably someone less steeped in FDR and WWII History would love this effort more.

Tahoe News Junkie ,


I've stepped right inside history with this book and viewed a familiar saga with fresh eyes. Painful, poignant and impossible to put down.

Jpullaro ,


Difficult to read. Harder to put down.

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