Elson Lecture: Marc Wortman, 1941: Fighting The Shadow War

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Elson Lecture: Marc Wortman, 1941: Fighting The Shadow War
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Conventional wisdom dictates that the U.S. entered World War II in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. However, in 1941: Fighting the Shadow War, historian Marc Wortman reveals the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the years prior to officially joining the battle.

Timed to the 75th anniversary year of U.S. entry into World War II, 1941 interweaves military, political, and social history to tell the story of how President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the powers at his disposal to battle with Hitler and the Japanese in the shadows. While the American populace was sympathetic to the people being crushed under the Axis powers, they were unwilling to enter a foreign war. FDR knew he had to fight against isolationism, anti-Semitism, and the scars of World War I to win the war of public sentiment. Wortman narrates FDR’s path to war with a momentum and perspective that casts the story in new light.

Marc Wortman is the author of The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power and The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta. He has written feature articles for Vanity Fair and Smithsonian, and frequently contributes reviews and essays to The Daily Beast.

The Elson Lectures are made possible with generous funding from Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Elson.

Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted.
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