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Good book on FDR's Espionage
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2006
There are many other great reviews already about this book so I will just add a few comments that I do not see addressed anywhere else. Persico's numerous comments on FDR's great interest in geography are an important aspect few historians have considered when writing about FDR. Roosevelt had an excellent grasp of not only maps but geographical features of all parts of the world. This knowledge would suit him well during World War II in understanding troop movements in both Europe and the Pacific.
However, as the other reviews have stated, the majority of this book could be gleaned from other histories on FDR. Specifically, David Reynolds's excellent "From Munich to Pearl Harbor". Overall though Persico's work is well researched and written. It is a great introduction for those who want to learn more about espionage and U.S. intelligence services during World War II.