Unless you are an Anglophobe, I would not recommend you read Mr. Hamilton’s War and Peace, the third volume in his Roosevelt trilogy. Along with its pretentious title I have found much to be disappointed about in what is more a one-sided indictment of World War II British political and military leadership than a biography of Franklin Roosevelt’s final years as Commander-in-Chief. In his description of their reluctance to embrace a Spring 1944 cross channel invasion of German occupied France, Mr. Hamilton completely ignores the very legitimate concerns of Churchill and his British military staff (principally Field Marshall Brooke), that the invasion might fail and their country’s overstretched army would be bled white on the French coast. He even goes so far as to suggest that it was cowardice that may have motivated them, a patently absurd accusation that any student of World War II history, at all familiar with these two men’s life story, would find laughable if not scurrilous! It seems clear that Mr. Hamilton has a significant bias against his homeland’s World War II heroes that the facts, as I understand them, do not support.
Additionally, Mr. Hamilton often resorts to describing how FDR “felt” about things with no sourcing or explanation of how he was able to divine the thoughts and feelings of this notoriously enigmatic man. If you able to overlook the many distortions and the author’s apparent historical mind reading, you may find the story of the President’s rapidly failing health and the elaborate cover-up his doctors, political advisors, family and associates engaged in during the run up to the 1944 election - it is true.