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by Professor Irwin Gellman

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: Professor Irwin Gellman
ISBN: 0801850835
ISBN13: 978-0801850837
Language: English
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (March 1, 1995)
Pages: 536
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Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles.

Gellman, Irwin . Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles (Johns Hopkins . Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995). Hoopes, Townsend and Brinkley, Douglas, FDR and the Creation of the . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997), ISBN 0-300-08553-2. Welles, Benjamin, Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist: A Biography, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Series on Diplomatic and Economic History (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997), ISBN 0-312-17440-3.

Irwin F. Gellman is the author of four previous books on American presidents. He is currently at work on a volume on Nixon and Kennedy. He lives in Parkesburg, PA. Books by Irwin F. Gellman. Gellman

Secret Affairs brings new information, fresh interpretation, and disturbing revelations about the intrigues, deceptions, and behind-the-scenes power . Secret Affairs : Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles.

Secret Affairs brings new information, fresh interpretation, and disturbing revelations about the intrigues, deceptions, and behind-the-scenes power struggles that.

Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles. Read for Free on Project MUSE. These three legendary figures-Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles-not only concealed such secrets for more than a decade but did so while directing United States foreign policy during some of the most perilous events in the nation's history. Irwin Gellman brings to light startling new information about the intrigues, deceptions, and behind-the-scenes power struggles that influenced America's role in World War II and left their mark on world events, for good or ill, in the half-century that followed.

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Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles. Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles. This work probes the relationship among three men who played the principal role in American foreign policy before and during the Second World War. Its centerpiece is the feud that developed between Welles, "the most important undersecretary of state in the twentieth century," and Hull, who came increasingly to resent Welles' importance.

Gellman, Irwin F. Harper, John Lamberton. American Visions of Europe: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan, and Dean Acheson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. Harriman, W. Averell, and Elie Abel.

The president was paralyzed from the waist down, but concealed the extent of his disability from a public that was never permitted to see him in a wheelchair. The secretary of state was old and frail, debilitated by a highly contagious and usually fatal disease that was as closely guarded a state secret as his wife's Jewish ancestry. The under secretary was a pompous and aloof man who married three times but, when intoxicated, preferred sex with railroad porters, shoeshine boys, and cabdrivers.

These three legendary figures--Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles--not only concealed such secrets for more than a decade but did so while directing U.S. foreign policy during some of the most perilous events in the nation's history. In Secret Affairs Irwin Gellman brings to light startling new information about the intrigues, deceptions, and behind-the-scenes power struggles that influenced America's role in World War II and left their mark on world events--for good or ill--in the half-century that followed.

The product of twenty years' research, Secret Affairs contains a wealth of new material, fresh interpretation, and often disturbing revelations. Gellman has gained unprecedented access to previously unavailable documents, including Hull's confidential medical records, unpublished manuscripts of Drew Pearson and R. Walton Moore, and Sumner Welles's FBI file. He examines the supposed contradiction between Hull's reluctance to condemn German antisemitism and his marriage to a woman of Jewish descent. And he reinterprets key State Department memos in the light of what is now known about the men who wrote them.

Gellman concludes that while Roosevelt, Hull, and Welles usually agreed onforeign policy matters, the events that molded each man's character remained a mystery to the others. Their failure to cope with their secret affairs--to subordinate their personal concerns to the higher good of the nation--eventually destroyed much of what they hoped would be their legacy. Roosevelt never explained his objectives to Vice President Harry Truman or anyone else. Hull never groomed a successor, and Welles kept his foreign assignations as classified as his sexual orientation.

Expertly researched and splendidly narrated, Secret Affairs tells the dramatic story of how three remarkable Americans--despite private demons and bitter animosities--could work together to lead their nation to victory against fascism.

Comments to eBook Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles
Jaiarton
Sorry but this is really poorly written and biased.

Franklin Roosevelt's State Department was a snake pit. It's story, fascinating to a fault, should be chronicled for the public and future historians.

It's a story that should be told in a concise and far more scholarly fashion. Gossip may be interesting
but it is not main point to be made.

The author is to be congratulated, however, for amassing a vast amount of information in one volume. Some of it is new information,or at least not very widely known. But the prose and disjointed multiple events and personalities, overwhelms the reader. For instance, he brings in key persons without introducing them in an adequate fashion. The result is confusion even for those who have studied the era.

The book's greatest contribution may be that others can use it as a point of reference for more lucid presentations.
Mavegelv
Overall I considered this book inferior to the Sumner Welles biography written by his son. Perhaps it's easier to view complicated diplomatic and political history through the prism of a single individual. In a synoptical survey like this one, the competing personalities and objectives are hard to keep straight.

That said, I found this an enjoyable introduction to the catfights of FDR's state department. It's a bit like a Time-Life picture book (but without so many pictures): distilled mainly out of journalism and secondary sources, and intended as an overview rather than an in-depth diplomatic history.
Malahelm
Recommended.
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