Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, And Sumner Welles Irwin F. Gellman

ISBN: 9780801850837

Published: March 1st 1995

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Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, And Sumner Welles  by  Irwin F. Gellman

Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, And Sumner Welles by Irwin F. Gellman
March 1st 1995 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9780801850837 | 7.73 Mb

The president was paralyzed from the waist down, but concealed the extent of his disability from a public that was never permitted to see him in a wheelchair. The secretary of state was old and frail, debilitated by a highly contagious and usuallyMoreThe president was paralyzed from the waist down, but concealed the extent of his disability from a public that was never permitted to see him in a wheelchair. The secretary of state was old and frail, debilitated by a highly contagious and usually fatal disease that was as closely guarded a state secret as his wifes Jewish ancestry.

The under secretary was a pompous and aloof man who married three times but, when intoxicated, preferred sex with railroad porters, shoeshine boys, and cabdrivers.These three legendary figures--Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles--not only concealed such secrets for more than a decade but did so while directing U.S. foreign policy during some of the most perilous events in the nations history. In Secret Affairs Irwin Gellman brings to light startling new information about the intrigues, deceptions, and behind-the-scenes power struggles that influenced Americas role in World War II and left their mark on world events--for good or ill--in the half-century that followed.The product of twenty years research, Secret Affairs contains a wealth of new material, fresh interpretation, and often disturbing revelations.

Gellman has gained unprecedented access to previously unavailable documents, including Hulls confidential medical records, unpublished manuscripts of Drew Pearson and R. Walton Moore, and Sumner Welless FBI file. He examines the supposed contradiction between Hulls reluctance to condemn German antisemitism and his marriage to a woman of Jewish descent.

And he reinterprets key State Department memos in the light of what is now known about the men who wrote them.Gellman concludes that while Roosevelt, Hull, and Wellesusually agreed onforeign policy matters, the events that molded each mans character remained a mystery to the others. Their failure to cope with their secret affairs--to subordinate their personal concerns to the higher good of the nation--eventually destroyed much of what they hoped would be their legacy.

Roosevelt never explained his objectives to Vice President Harry Truman or anyone else. Hull never groomed a successor, and Welles kept his foreign assignations as classified as his sexual orientation.Expertly researched and splendidly narrated, Secret Affairs tells the dramatic story of how three remarkable Americans--despite private demons and bitter animosities--could work together to lead their nation to victory against fascism.



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