Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1... and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by EliteDigital UK
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Book is in Very Good condition. Sent Airmail from New York. Please allow 7-15 Business days for delivery. Excellent customer service.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945: With a New Afterword (Oxford Paperbacks) Paperback – 1 Jun 1995

1 customer review

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
£24.20 £19.59
£25.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945: With a New Afterword (Oxford Paperbacks) + Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940
Price For Both: £36.73

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (1 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195097327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195097320
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.3 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


A dazzling narrative...elegant...history on the grandest scale, embracing a world-wide cast of characters and all the continents....All the heroes and villains of the day before yesterday are alive again in these pages―particularly Churchill, Stalin, DeGaulle, and Chiang. (New York Times Book Review)

About the Author

Robert Dallek is at University of California, Los Angeles (Emeritus).

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
First Sentence
IF HE WERE TO MAKE any progress toward international prosperity and peace during his first term, Roosevelt believed that he must begin by working out differences with Britain and France. Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Overseas Reviewer on 16 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The first chapter of this book provides an interesting and concise biography of FDR before he reached the pinnacle of elected office in the early thirties. The following couple of chapters dealing with trade policy are actually pretty confusing and as a result very dull - far too much specialist knowledge is assumed by the author and the merits and constraints of all of the policy alternatives on offer are never explained clearly. I know domestic policy is out of scope but even a little coverage of the New Deal would provide useful context.

Happily, the rest (i.e. the majority) of the content is devoted to foreign policy and relations during the `Dark Valley', the entry and conduct of WW2, including the President's prolonged struggle with isolationists in Congress and the House. As can be expected from Robert Dallek the right amount of detail is presented and, the writing style maintains interest.

The book concludes with an analysis of the FDR presidency. The negative aspects of FDR's time in office, such as his use of domestic wiretaps and failure to provide more assistance to Europe's jews are weighed with his considerable achievements. The conclusion is, unsurprisingly, largely positive although the author acknowledges that the nature of the man and his motives remain, as he in life intended, resistant to a definative understanding.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 5 reviews
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Leadership Style of the 20th Century's Greatest President 12 Mar. 2003
By Gregory Canellis - Published on
Format: Paperback
In one volume, Robert Dallek has attempted to counter the vast amount of printed material covering Franklin D. Roosevelt's domestic policies during the 1930's and 1940's. The result is a mammoth effort that sheds light on the enormous pressures Roosevelt faced both at home and abroad during the turbulent decades when the world struggled to emerge from the shambles of a Great Depression, and prepare itself for a global conflict. Dallek argues that most historians do not fully understand the nature of Roosevelt's foreign policy. Dallek also claims that researchers tend to focus on FDR's shortcomings without emphasizing the constraints with which he was forced to work. Dallek's main purpose is to highlight the continual dilemmas Roosevelt faced in an effort to always strive for balance and compromise between public opinion and foreign affairs. FDR realized the need to break the country away from isolationism and place it in the global arena, both economically and politically, while at the same time facing the growing threat from the Axis powers. Though Dallek is noted as a gifted narrator, it is Roosevelt's leadership style,criticized as somewhat unorthodox,and the many quandaries in which he prevailed that provides the strength of Dallek's book. Dallek chose a ridged chronological format, which he maintained throughout the book. The chronological methodology in essential to enable the reader to understand the patterns that emerged within Roosevelt's style of leadership. For instance, rather than try to sway public opinion as to why the United States should supply aid to its allies or begin preparing for war, Roosevelt instead would allow the events then taking shape in Europe and Asia to speak for themselves to convince the American public. FDR's early foreign policy (1932-1935) was primarily centered on economic recovery. Roosevelt clearly understood that the Great Depression was a global problem. Roosevelt strove to reduce tariffs, improve trade and stabilize the dollar with foreign currencies. He has been widely criticized for going off the gold standard and blamed for the failure of the London Economic Conference. Dallek states, however, that Roosevelt clearly achieved two very important underlying objectives: First, domestic economic recovery must take priority over foreign affairs This belief was evident in the many Hundred Days policies that FDR implemented. Second, Dallek argues that Roosevelt's main goal was at best to "restore a measure of faith in international cooperation." Roosevelt was always aware of his limitations. Dallek believes that the years 1935-1939 was the most important period in Roosevelt's foreign policy. During this time, Roosevelt faced many obstacles. Dubbed an "Idealist" for his efforts towards disarmament and United States participation in the World Court, FDR was also criticized as being naïve in his reactions to the aggressive actions of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Dallek diligently describes how FDR's hands were tied by the very nature of the Neutrality Acts, pressure from Isolationists, student peace activists, and religious groups, particularly Catholics at home. The events of World War II exposed yet more criticisms upon Roosevelt's handling of foreign affairs. In a new Afterword (1995), Dallek explains some of the legitimate critiques as well as some of the ludicrous claims concerning FDR's handling of the war. Dallek disregards the revisionist view that Roosevelt knew of, or allowed the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor as an excuse to draw the United States into the war. Some revisionists even propose the existence of a British conspiracy to lure the United States into the war. Dallek points out there are even those that claim British pilots flying planes with Japanese markings took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Dallek praises Roosevelt as a visionary, accurately predicting a world view he never lived to see. Dallek disagrees with the "naïveté" Roosevelt exhibited at Yalta, claiming FDR did not sell out Eastern Europe to Stalin. Dallek dismisses this as a myth, claiming Roosevelt clearly understood the price for 20 million Russian killed during World War II would be Eastern Europe. Dallek also defends Roosevelt's decision to back the doomed Chiang Kai-shek regime in China. Dallek believes FDR knew that someday China would be a dominant world power and although he felt that democracy in both China and the Soviet Union were unlikely, he hoped for eventual global cooperation between the superpowers. Dallek harshest criticism of Roosevelt's tenure is the interment of Japanese-Americans. This book offers the reader valuable insight into the complex problems facing Roosevelt's decision-making processes on the eve of World War II. For this reason, Dallek's work holds a valued place in political and historical literature.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Account 15 Jan. 2006
By Mike B - Published on
Format: Paperback
An excellent account of U.S. foreign policy as waged by the Great Man Roosevelt. There are details in this book which are not found in others. Dallek is not regurgitating other writer's viewpoints. All points are lucidly explained - for instance Roosevelt's dealing's with Chaing Kai-shek and his cabinet member's - Cordell Hull, Sumner Welles...

The enormous opposition Roosevelt faced from isolationists is discussed at length. No one can doubt after reading this how short-sighted these people were in relation to the futuristic Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the rare politician who could project into the future. His vision was not just the short-term but the long view. In 1941 he triggered the second version of the United Nations during his meeting with Churchill off of Newfoundland. He was giving the world - like Nazi occupied Europe - an alternate and much more benevolent view.

The only omission I found was the Royal visit of the King and Queen of England to Washington and Hyde Park in the summer of 1939 - just prior to the outbreak of war. At the time this was another attempt by Roosevelt to bring Americans closer and more sympathetic to the building conflict in Europe.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Encyclopedic, Bancroft Prize-Winning Book on FDR's Foreign Policy 24 Jun. 2005
By Todd Carlsen - Published on
Format: Paperback
This encyclopedic, academic book won the Bancroft Prize and is the best single-volume book on Franklin Roosevelt's foreign policy. Roosevelt was a very clever leader. He understood the importance of public opinion and balanced American idealism with realistic pragmatism. This book covers FDR's foreign policy - his aims, means, and results. Some of the highlights include the fact that FDR had to govern in an isolationist nation, which forced FDR to tactfully manage public opinion to deftly lead America out of isolationism and confront Hitler. Dallek describes looking at his foreign policy as looking through a kaleidoscope. It appears to make no sense until you see the mechanism behind the scenes. Another highlight is his effort to bring meaning to the war with his Four Freedoms. The ingenious Lend-Lease plan gave aid to Britain in a way that the public could accept - although with heated debate. He likened it to lending a hose to a friend with a house fire. He proposed this at great political risk, since opposition was heated and an election was approaching. But he won his policy and it was a landmark moment. Some people suggest that FDR's foreign policy was uneven and confusing, but that was mainly FDR's obtaining his goals in light of the political winds.

For anyone interested in FDR's foreign policy I highly recommend this classic by Dallek, along with Conrad Black's masterpiece "Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom," Burns's "Soldier of Freedom," Langer's "The Challenge to Isolation," Greenfield's "America's Strategy in World War II," Kimball's "The Juggler" and Gerhard Weinberg's excellent "A World at Arms," which emphasizes the diplomatic and political aspects.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It does read like a hagiography of Franklin D 5 May 2015
By Ahoj2you - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I agree with much of the criticism of this book. It does read like a hagiography of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many will not share Dallek's highly "liberal" interpretation of Roosevelt as a great wartime leader (undoubtedly he was a great domestic leader). Roosevelt's seemingly boundless idealism blinded him to a number of realities during the war which led to additional suffering of millions. First was his sugar-coated understanding of the Soviet regime under Stalin. In this context, Lend Lease should never have been extended to the Soviets. Doing so almost certainly prolonged the war in the West (after Normandy, the Allies literally rand out of gas) and almost certainly was the decisive factor in the Soviets advancing as far West as they did and first into Eastern Europe. Then of course there was Roosevelt;'s ridiculous and moralistic "Unconditional Surrender," which arguably prolonged the war (with Germany at least) by up to a year. Due to this misguided policy - with which Churchill strongly disagreed - resistance groups in Germany had nowhere to turn and were easy prey for the Nazis. Then there was the obvious neglect to act on pretty clear (and early) intelligence concerning the occurrence of actual genocide (not yet termed Holocaust). If only the rail lines had been targeted for bombing instead of the city centers, countless lives could have been saved. This still remains to be explained. And of course then there was the decision to let de-Gaulle lead the march first into Paris, the disastrous Yalta Agreement. etc. etc. Dallek's book does a poor job of analyzing and explaining all of these. The book is still worth browsing for historical background and a chronological recounting of US wartime foreign policy, but should not be relied upon to explain the very controversial dimensions of Roosevelt's wartime policies.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Scholarly and Detailed--But why was the Pacific Campaign not discussed? 26 Aug. 2011
By Whetstone Guy - Published on
Format: Paperback
I completely endorse the review of Greg Goebel who rated this book a 4 star. His review is below. I have some additional thoughts. They are:

The book focuses on foreign policy and military decisions in Europe, Russia, and China. Why did the author, Robert Dallek, not discuss any decisions FDR made to America's military campaign in the Pacific?

I was surprised that FDR made so many military decisions. He was very wise and knowledgeable about European matters.

Professor Dallek had a tremendous number of notes for this book. He is a true professional historian.

Review by Greg Goebel

"The title of Robert Dallek's FDR & AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY actually describes this book very neatly: it's a comprehensive overview of all US foreign policy during the Roosevelt II Administration -- not just US policy relative to the emerging Axis powers, but also to Latin America and elsewhere.

As the title also might suggest, this is basically a scholarly book, not really suitable for readers who haven't obtained a general idea of the broad sweep of American international politics in the era. It's for readers who want to get the nitty-gritty on the matter and it can even be a bit of a slog for them. As scholarly books go, however, it is not extremely long nor particularly dry; but it's not a book for casual reading, either."
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know