FDR Goes to War
by Burton & Anita Folsom
Burton Folsom, who has for decades been a respected economic historian, has found a second career as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s chief modern antagonist. Folsom’s New Deal or Raw Deal? critically analyzed the legacy of FDR and his New Deal and found both to be greatly overstated in modern critiques of the 32nd president. With FDR Goes to War, Folsom extends his criticism of FDR into his handling of World War II and again finds history in need of revision. Folsom notes how Roosevelt simultaneously sought to involve the U.S. in the global conflict and neglected military preparations that such involvement would have required. He further notes how, after Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt centralized power, curtailed civil liberties and planned the economy, all while engaging in partisan politics as usual. Folsom’s analysis is another contribution to the goal of developing a realistic understanding of Roosevelt’s, and his policies’, role in developing the government interventions that plague us today.
Praise for FDR Goes to War
“The latest and perhaps the most devastating critique of FDR… Painfully relevant.” – Thomas Sowell, author of Economic Facts and Fallacies
“Pulls the curtain back further on an even darker side of the Roosevelt presidency.” – James P. Duffy, author of Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt
“…a page-turning tour de force – and a scholarly one, at that – of the politics and economics of America’s involvement in WWII.” – Don Bordreaux, Chairman of the Department of Economics, George Mason University
What to Read Next
This book is a great resource for understanding some of the problems that America’s involvement in World War II created. Folsom does, however, give the benefit of the doubt – and little critical analysis – to some other issues of the war, including the use of the atomic bomb. While these issues may be ancillary to Folsom’s book, a well-rounded perspective on the war and its implications requires further reading. On the topic of the atomic bomb, I recommend J. Samuel Walker’s Prompt and Utter Destruction.