Reviews for Those Angry Days : Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight over World War II, 1939-1941
AudioFile Reviews 2013 May
The division between interventionists--who wanted to join the war in Europe--and isolationists--who wanted U.S. troops to stay home--took a personal turn in the public feud between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and pilot Charles Lindbergh. Robert Fass's narration is calm and dispassionate--until he's reading the actual words of those involved. Then, emotions come through. Listeners will feel the anger from both corners, taking them back to tense pre-WWII debates. Perhaps the most embattled figure involved was Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who supported her husband even as public opinion and her own went against him. Fass relates both the political and the personal well. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
Library Journal Express Reviews
Olson's (Citizens of London) most recent work captures the contentious debate over American intervention into World War II. Olson chronicles the "Great Debate" between the interventionists, led by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the isolationists, unofficially led by Charles Lindbergh. Digging more deeply than a simple retelling of policy and events, Olson provides intimate details through a variety of sources including diary entries. Readers will appreciate Olson's fair criticism of both sides and her honest approach to the often shocking events that included death threats, vicious personal attacks, and even fistfights among politicians. Multiple award-winning narrator Robert Frass has a smooth, deliberate cadence that makes it easy to soak up the extensive coverage of the era. Verdict A must for history fans. ["Though this subject is not new, Olson's focus on the Lindberghs and the pressure groups opposing and supporting the aviator offers additional insight into the period that ended with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Its readability further recommends the book to history buffs," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Random hc, LJ 3/15/13.--Ed.]--Sean Kennedy, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.