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Reader recommendation: The Hopkins Touch

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By Jeff Sander, Oconomowoc, Wis. / April 1, 2013


The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler by David L. Roll tells the story of the man in the shadow who organized the Lend-Lease program before the US entered World War II and who, most importantly, facilitated the alliance between Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. Hopkins filled a role every bit as important as that of Marshall or Eisenhower.  Without Harry Hopkins helping to forge and hold together the allied alliance, World War II would not have been over in 1945. This is a fascinating story about a man who deserves vastly more recognition for his vital and selfless contribution to the defeat of Hitler.

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