Biography books of the Allied leaders – European Theater

When you talk about World War II do you mention dates, battles, names of planes, ship and vehicles or do you talk about the people? From the politicians who decided that war was relevant to the populace that backed up their decisions to the military leaders who vigorously endorsed such conflicts. This first list will start the process that will focus on books written about the people both instigators and participants.

From the individual service men like Audie Murphy or C.J. Sheddon to the Generals such as Dwight D. Eisenhower or Montgomery, to the non-combatants as Franklin Delanor Roosevelt or Winston Churchill an understanding of war, in this case World War II, require an in-depth look at such men. Their decisions decided the life or death of countless people.

Now the names mentioned above impress that only Anglo-Saxon allies are referenced. Far from the truth. As my spreadsheets of books grew it became necessary to sub-divide the biographical categories for proper cross referencing. In other words too many books with too many historical people from too many countries. This is just the first of many list that I have planned to give you an opportunity to find what interest you.  Even though many of the titles will be memoirs or biographies the collection would not be as complete without some mention of the collective books. My definition of the collective books are the ones that though they display a well-known historical figure in the title they really shed light on the tertiary figures. Just a couple of examples are Eisenhower’s Lieutenant’s by Russell Weigley or Churchilll & the Generals by Barrie Pitt.

The American Politicians:


Democrat and Diplomat: Life of William Dodd
by Robert Dalleck, 336 pages
(Dodd was Ambassador to Germany before WW II)


The Juggler: FDR as Wartime Statesman
by Warren Kimball, 320 Pages


Roosevelt and the Isolationist 1932-1945
by Wayne S. Cole, 698 pages


Franklin D. Roosevelt American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945
by Robert Dalleck, 688 pages


F.D.R.’s undeclared war, 1939-1941
by T.R. Fehrenbach, 344 pages


Commander-in-Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and their war
by Eric Larrabee, 723 pages


The Greatest of Friends: F.D.R. & Churchill 1941-1945
by Keith Alldritt, 224 pages


Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of Friendship
by Jon Meacham, 490 pages


One Christmas in Washington: Roosevelt …. Churchill
by David Jay Bercuson, 320 pages


FDR and the Soviet Union: Presidents battle Foreign Policy
by Mary E. Glantz, 264 pages


Threshold of War: Franklin Delano Roosevelt American entry in WW II
by Waldo Heinrichs, 302 pages


Forged in War: Roosevelt, Churchill & the Second World War
by Warren F. Kimball, 432 pages


Churchill and Roosevelt at War
by Keith Sainsbury, 235 pages


Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets
by David Stafford, 384 pages


FDR goes to War: How Expanded Executive Powers … Wartime America
by Burton W. Folsom, 384 pages


FDR: A History (volume 5 out of 5 volume set) The War President, 1940-1943
by Kenneth S. Davis, 864 pages


Lindbergh vs Roosevelt: The Rivalry that Divided America
by James P.Duffy, 270 pages


Charles A. Lindbergh and the battle against American intervention in WW II
by Wayne S. Cole, 298 pages


Senator Gerald P. Nye and American Foreign Relations
by Wayne S. Cole, 293 pages

Some other books that may be of interest, though their World War II referencing may be limited, are Luscious D. Clay: An American Life by Jean Edward Smith, Sly and Able: A Political Biography of James Byrnes by David Robertson, or Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department by Dean Atchison. Plus there are other books about FDR  that cover , in some aspects, the times during World War II from esteemed authors as Arthur Schlesinger, Alan Brinkley or James McGregor Burns.

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