The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roosevelt's Chief of Staff


      The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roosevelt's Chief of Staff
The life of Franklin Roosevelt s most trusted and powerful advisor, Admiral William D Leahy, Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief Fascinating greatly enriches our understanding of Washington wartime power Madeleine AlbrightAside from FDR, no American did to shape World War II than Admiral William D Leahy not Douglas MacArthur, not Dwight Eisenhower, and not even the legendary George Marshall No man, including Harry Hopkins, was closer to Roosevelt, nor had earned his blind faith, like Leahy Through the course of the war, constantly at the president s side and advising him on daily decisions, Leahy became the second most powerful man in the world.In a time of titanic personalities, Leahy regularly downplayed his influence, preferring the substance of power to the style A stern faced, salty sailor, his U.S Navy career had begun as a cadet aboard a sailing ship Four decades later, Admiral Leahy was a trusted friend and advisor to the president and his ambassador to Vichy France until the attack on Pearl Harbor Needing one person who could help him grapple with the enormous strategic consequences of the war both at home and abroad, Roosevelt made Leahy the first presidential chief of staff though Leahy s role embodied far power than the position of today.Leahy s profound power was recognized by figures like Stalin and Churchill, yet historians have largely overlooked his role In this important biography, historian Phillips Payson O Brien illuminates the admiral s influence on the most crucial and transformative decisions of WWII and the early Cold War From the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and France, to the allocation of resources to fight Japan, O Brien contends that America s war largely unfolded according to Leahy s vision Among the author s surprising revelations is that while FDR s health failed, Leahy became almost a de facto president, making decisions while FDR was too ill to work, and that much of his influence carried over to Truman s White House. Download The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roosevelt's Chief of Staff – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roosevelt's Chief of Staff
  • Phillips Payson O'Brien
  • 17 November 2017
  • 0399584803

10 thoughts on “ The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William D. Leahy, Roosevelt's Chief of Staff

  1. says:

    An interesting book on the life and impactful military and political career of Admiral William Lahey Lahey had an extraordinary naval career, holding a multitude of operational and administrative jobs in the Navy, including all of the top Navy jobs During his naval career he became friendly with then Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt This relationship with Roosevelt would be rekindled when FDR became President, with Lahey serving Roosevelt in many roles The author repeatedly An interesting book on the life and impactful military and political career of Admiral William Lahey Lahey had an ex...

  2. says:

    This at first seemed a tough book to review But O Brien s own hack job later on made it easier I was first leaning four star, but finally settled on three, and, had it not been for the middle section of the book, I m not sure I d even give it that.Fair chunks of it were solid four to four and one half star quality I am assuming all of Leahy s childhood, his early military service, everythin...

  3. says:

    I m so glad this is over This book seemed to drag on and on and on and on..The main title of the book is The second most powerful man in the world what a laugh In a time of Roosevelt The author s 1 , Stalin, Churchill, Hitler though evil, he was very powerful , Mussolini, Petain and Tojo the author does n...

  4. says:

    Overall, a thorough yet dragged out read While a minor point, the author erroneously claims that during the navy buildup plans of the late 30 s early 40 s, that only three of the four Iowa class battleships were completed Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri Having just visited the New Jersey this week, that seems a glaring error Also, the author mentions the debate between Leahy and FDR in regards to the preferred gun sizes on the new build battleships and once 16inch was decided on, only the Iowas Overall, a thorough yet dragged out read While a minor point, the author erroneously claims that during the navy buildup plans of the late 30 s early 40 s, that only three of the four Iowa class battleships were completed Iowa, Wisconsin and Mi...

  5. says:

    Overall, this was a great book, and it discussed an element of WWII leadership that has been largely unexplored The author s thesis is that Admiral Leahy was the most significant advisor to FDR during WWII, and had a significant impact on the initial direction of US strategy during the early Cold War He certainly proves the former hypothesis thoroughly, though students of the period may feel unease as the Marble Man Marshall is reduced in proportion, but it is almost inarguable As to the se Overall, this was a great book, and it discussed an element of WWII leadership that has been largely unexplored The author s thesis is...

  6. says:

    This was quite a head spinning experience after finishing, last week, Nigel Hamilton s War and Peace They could not have been twodifferent takes on who ran World War II In this book by O Brien, he makes clear that every decision that worked out well for the US seemed to come from William Leahy s ...

  7. says:

    An absolutely fascinating portrait of a man that history has forgotten At a time in the history of our country when leadership was needed most, Admiral Leahy gave his all This book puts his efforts in perf...

  8. says:

    Provides great insight to FDR s leadership in WWII Admiral William D Leahy is one of the lesser known but most important military leaders of the war.

  9. says:

    Excellent read about a man forgotten but I m unsure that all the rest of Roosevelt s advisors were as unaccountably ineffectual as the author portrays.

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