The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler

The Hopkins Touch Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler The Hopkins Touch offers the first portrait in over two decades of the most powerful man in Roosevelt s administration In this impressive biography David Roll shows how Harry Hopkins an Iowa born so

  • Title: The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler
  • Author: David L. Roll
  • ISBN: 9780199891955
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Hopkins Touch offers the first portrait in over two decades of the most powerful man in Roosevelt s administration In this impressive biography, David Roll shows how Harry Hopkins, an Iowa born social worker who had been an integral part of the New Deal s implementation, became the linchpin in FDR s and America s relationships with Churchill and Stalin, and spoke wiThe Hopkins Touch offers the first portrait in over two decades of the most powerful man in Roosevelt s administration In this impressive biography, David Roll shows how Harry Hopkins, an Iowa born social worker who had been an integral part of the New Deal s implementation, became the linchpin in FDR s and America s relationships with Churchill and Stalin, and spoke with an authority second only to the president s Hopkins could take the political risks his boss could not, and proved crucial to maintaining personal relations among the Big Three Beloved by some such as Churchill, who believed that Hopkins always went to the root of the matter and trusted by most including the paranoid Stalin there were nevertheless those who resented the influence of the White House Rasputin Based on newly available sources, The Hopkins Touch is an absorbing, substantial work that offers a fresh perspective on the World War II era and the Allied leaders, through the life of the man who kept them on point until the war was won.

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    1. David L. Roll Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler book, this is one of the most wanted David L. Roll author readers around the world.

    2. I am in fact amazed to what extent I enjoyed this book. How many times have I said I don't like books that focus on military strategies? This book does focus on war strategies, but I was never bored. Hopkins and Roosevelt together planned how to best win the war. Roosevelt relied on Hopkins more than any other individual. They discussed every step. Hopkins resided in the White House for more than three years; he was at Roosevelt's beck and call 24 hours of the day from 1940-1945, unless he was i [...]

    3. Harry Hopkins was Roosevelt’s “can do” person. During the Depression he administered and implemented several New Deal programs. Hopkins would cut through red tape like knife through melted butter. One of my favourite expressions of Hopkins, when running a relief program, was “People don’t eat in the long run, they eat every day.” (Page 35).This book is mostly about the World War II years when he was used as Roosevelt’s intermediary to both Churchill and Stalin. Except for one confe [...]

    4. Having read many books on FDR, his administration and WWII, Harry Hopkins is seemingly ubiquitous – even for a time living in the White House – although somewhat enigmatic. An Iowa born social worker, gaunt, chain-smoking and in need of constant medical attention, during the New Deal Hopkins supervised the FERA, CWA and the WPA before becoming the Secretary of Commerce. Enough for anyone’s resume, especially someone with serious health problems, but with the advent of WWII, Hopkins, withou [...]

    5. It is all there in the pictures of the great men: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin; Marshall, Brooke, Molotov. Meeting separately or all together. Deciding the fates of soldiers or the alignment of nations that bedevil us to this day. An almost shadowy figure is omnipresent. Tall, and unhealthy thin. Civilian clothes, often rumpled. Open-faced, like the Iowa landscape that bore him. His head appears over a president’s shoulder, leaning in with words that are wise and to the point. He shares a laug [...]

    6. David Roll has written an exemplary biography delineating the role of Harry Hopkins during the depression and World War II. Roll explores all aspects of Hopkins life beginning with a brief biography of his pre-Roosevelt administration life then he goes on to detail the relationship between Hopkins and FDR. Roll brings the reader into the White House during the depression and the Second World War. You are presented with the importance of Hopkins' work assisting the poor in the 1930s and initiatin [...]

    7. (Note: Customer review from the Vine™ Program) Perhaps the biggest key to Allied victory over Germany during World War II was the coalition between the Big Three, the U.S U.K and USSR, and their three leaders, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. Enter Harry Hopkins, Roosevelt's most trusted advisor during the Great Depression and the War. Mr. Roll writes about the life of this enigmatic, yet important, figure in the building and maintenance of this coalition that is both splendid and insightful [...]

    8. Disclosure: I received a free, uncorrected copy of this book via a giveaway on LibraryThing. I have received books via giveaways on both LibraryThing and and my average rating for these freebies is about 2.5.After finishing The Hopkins Touch, I wanted to send the publisher a check for the full price.The Hopkins Touch is an outstanding biography of a unique and exceptional person whose existence has been forgotten by many Americans. Harry Hopkins was considered the "man behind the throne" during [...]

    9. A Biography Of Harry HopkinsAfter reading the William Manchester -- Paul Reid biography of Winston Churchill, "The Last Lion" which covers Churchill's extraordinary role in WW II, I had the good fortune to increase my understanding of the WW II Alliance through reading this new study of another important WW II figure, Harry Hopkins. David Roll's "The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler" is the most recent study of Hopkins, whose role in WW II played out [...]

    10. Harry Lloyd Hopkins is one of the shadowy figures of the New Deal and the Second World War.He ran the Works Progress Administration, which used federal money to build or repair 103 golf courses, 1,000 airports, 2,500 hospitals, 2,500 sports stadiums, 3,900 schools, 8,192 parks, 12,800 playgrounds, 124,031 bridges, 125,110 public buildings, and 651,087 miles of highways and roads and employ more than 8.5 million people during the Depression. He turns up in the background of photographs of the con [...]

    11. The Hopkins Touch covers the life of Harry Hopkins who served as FDR’s primary advisor and de facto Secretary of State from the time of Lend Lease through the Yalta conference. Hopkins began as a social worker who rose quickly through personal connections with FDR to become one of the key administrators of the New Deal. The author does a superb job of utilizing the various resources available and showing the depth to which personal diplomacy can meld policy and extend power. Hopkins influence [...]

    12. The more in depth one reads about WWII, especially in regards to the great alliance between Britain and the US, the more the name of Harry Hopkins comes up again and again. Hopkins was a close advisor of president F.D.R. who sent him to England, when that country was standing all alone against Nazism in the dark days of the London Blitz in the winter of 1941, to scope out Mr. Churchill and the will and fighting spirit of the British people. This apparent lifeline sent by the USA caused such a st [...]

    13. History and how-toExcellent book, with practical insights into good judgment, management, the dark arts of the consigliere and how power is exercised in practice in organizations. Also fascinating insight into a highly effective administration.

    14. I suppose there could be a problem with a history book that frames monumental issues and events around the perspective of one man's involvement in them. The danger is that narrowness could under value the enormity of events or diminish the contributions of others. Certainly this could be true for World War II and the intricately complex matters involving forging alliances among allies and negotiating on sweeping strategic decisions.But, this reservation does not hold for this terrific book. Harr [...]

    15. Harry Hopkins was a man who worked with Franklin Roosevelt, schmoozed Churchill and kept Stalin in the war. Despite ill health, Hopkins worked hard to keep relationships between the three on good terms and get things done. A few quotes:In the end, although these and other actions by Roosevelt throughout the 1930's provided a measure of security to many vulnerable American citizens, the only action that ended the Great Depression, including the depression within the depression, was the onset of W [...]

    16. When one considers the giant historical personalities who contested World War II-FDR, Truman, Churchill, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, the sheer weight of those men is bound to lead men of lesser stature to get lost in the shadows. David Roll in The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler profiles one such "man of shadows" in Harry Hopkins.Harry Hopkins seems like an unlikely candidate to advise a United States President and ultimately help keep together the un [...]

    17. This highly-readable work, using new information on Harry Hopkins, is a fresh look at an important behind-the-scenes figure in FDR's White House. It's a biography, but focuses on Hopkins' WWII career, when he had no title or salary but lived in the White House and was a go-between for FDR and the Allied leaders. As such, this rarely-seen figure (in pictures of the Big Three, Hopkins is in the background, if at all visible) was critical to maintaining the wartime alliance against Hitler, able to [...]

    18. Harry Hopkins was an Iowa-born social worker and bureaucrat who before and during the depression handled programs to provide jobs, relieve the suffering of the poor and handle emergency relief after natural disasters. This work brought him to the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt who used his experience to make the New Deal programs successful. That brought him to the attention of FDR. When the world was turning to war FDR relied on Harry's abilities to read people and situations and get to the roo [...]

    19. On the morning of January 29, 1946, Harry Hopkins died. In his fifty-five years he had held only one major political office. He was the eighth Secretory of Commerce. In the fine book by David Roll, The Hopkins Touch, his true stature is described in detail. Mr. Roll outlines in detail the rise of Harry Hopkins from a relief coordinator in New York to a major architect of the New Deal and a close friend of FDR and Churchill. He even earned a measure of trust and respect from Joseph Stalin. There [...]

    20. David L. Roll has written the definitive book on the important role Harry Hopkins played in creating and maintaining the alliance between the United States, Britain, and Russia that won the Second World War. Harry started out as Secretary of Commerce in Delano Roosevelt's presidency after been known as the man who dispensed billions of dollars in federal aid to unemployed Americans during the Great Depression. Shortly afterwards, he moved into the White House to become the president's most trust [...]

    21. This was an extremely well-researched and written book! David Roll brought history to life by sharing the behind the scenes stories of an important period in American history. The unbelievable ease and access that Harry Hopkins experienced with so many of the major world leaders is brilliantly told here. With the author's help we are able to envision a different White House when visitors were encouraged to share themselves with their policies and trust was a commodity freely traded.I really enjo [...]

    22. I enjoyed the book. I find Hopkins one of the most intriquing figures of the war and I'm quite surprised to what extent he seems to have influenced FDR's thinking and actions. He became FDR's alter ego for much of the war as he interacted with Churchill and Stalin to build and maintain the great alliance. As the author contends he seemed to "have the touch" that disarmed great leaders, read them emotionally and then convince them to act.He had his hands on the levers of power in a behind the cur [...]

    23. Anyone who has read a bit about WWII, FDR and/or Churchill knows of Hopkins and his role in the lead up to the war, and the sensitive negotiations between the Allied Powers. This book focuses solely on Hopkins' role and influence, and is both informative and interesting. For example, I was not previously aware of the very close relationship between Churchill and Hopkins, and how Hopkins was able to communicate with and obtain agreement from Churchill on many key issues relating to the preparatio [...]

    24. This is the kind of book I love finding. Someone largely unknown who had a large part in shaping history.Hopkins is perhaps the one guy who had worse health then FDR, but managed to have an outsized role in shaping the New Deal and later World War II. Hopkins was the son of an Iowa harness maker who caught the attention of Francis Perkins (first woman in Cabinet--Secretary of Labor) while working as a social worker in New York. He knew how to get a job done, but more importantly he knew when to [...]

    25. George Marshall stated that Harry Hopkins was the most important man that Americans never knew. Thirty percent of the book are notes, references and bibliography so it not a long book. It's very well written and spotlights a true American hero who sacrificed his life as knowingly and heroically as any US serviceman. I'm also reading Robert Sherwood's classic work, "Roosevelt and Hopkins," which is more about Hopkins than Roosevelt. I'm normally very leery of history books written less than 50 ye [...]

    26. This was a wonderful history lesson about a man who influenced World War II through his relationship-building skills. Harry Hopkins was the best friend of FDR, lived in the White House for many of FDR's later years--along with his second wife and young daughter--became a dear friend of Churchill (and helped to cement the relationship between US and England), and established a working relationship with Stalin. Throughout all of this hard work, he was very ill. Such a story of endurance and commit [...]

    27. This is a fascinating book chock full of information about Hopkins and the role he played as facilitator of the alliance of the Great Three - FDR, Churchill and Stalin. Although a bit turgid and definitely a slow read, it is interesting and well-documented. Roll assumes his reader has a fairly strong background understanding of the underlying history and, therefore, he dwells on the minutiae of the personal dynamics without explaining the larger picture of what is happening on the world stage. N [...]

    28. When our daughter was a student at Grinnell College, we often walked or drove by the Harry Hopkins House adjacent to the campus. I had a good knowledge of Hopkins and his important role in the New Deal -- and how that reflected the Social Gospel tradition of the college. Roll's book, though focuses on the part Hopkins played as FDR's closest advisor in WWII. Turns out Hopkins was as important in war as in peace. Wonderful, readable book about one of the underrated giants of his time.

    29. To readers who want a good introduction to maneuverings and decision making at the highest political level during World War II, this is about as good as it gets. Roll reveals the drama and interaction of three very strong–willed leaders-- Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin -- and the significant investment in time and energy Hopkins made to get the three leaders to agree on the major direction of the war. This book is very readable and informative, and kept me engaged.

    30. This is a great book. It covers Harry Hopkins who was a very close adviser to FDR and1 his actions interacting with Churchill and Stalin. It seems that Hopkins was involved in most political decisions between these Big 3 leaders during the War. You get an excellent picture of how these men interacted and what a pivotal role Hopkins played in many compromises. The detail is good and you get a thorough understanding of how decisions were made and their ramifications.

    31. A comprehensive showcase of the invaluable role harry Hopkins, most trusted aide to FDR, played in forming the alliance between The United States, Britain and Russia. Well written and well documented using newly opened documents and interviews along with information that has been available. The reader learns a great deal about the man himself including insights into the personalities of FDR, Churchill and Stalin. Well worth being on anyone's bookshelf.

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