U.S. History

"Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World"

Michael Fullilove

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Michael Fullilove, executive director of the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, recounts the integral role that President Franklin D. Roosevelt and five of his advisors played in America’s entry into World War II.  The author reports that Roosevelt was deterred by the public and Congress from getting involved at the outset of the War and was determined to gather information to lend support to Europe.  He subsequently sent five men - Harry Hopkins, “Wild Bill” Donovan, Sumner Welles, Averell Harriman, and Wendell Wilkie - as American envoys to Europe from 1939-1941.  Their respective meetings with European leaders provided Roosevelt with the information and diplomatic channels to move America into the war.  Michael Fullilove speaks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
 

About the Authors

Michael Fullilove

Michael Fullilove is the executive director of the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. 


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"Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World"

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  • Monday, August 26th at 4:45am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 11th at 12:30am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 4th at 4:30pm (ET)
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