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Author: Jonathan W. Jordan Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781504616478
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American Warlords is the story of the greatest “team of rivals” since the days of Lincoln.

In a lifetime shaped by politics, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved himself a master manipulator of Congress, the press, and the public. But when war in Europe and Asia threatened America’s shores, FDR found himself in a world turned upside down, where his friends became his foes, his enemies his allies. To help wage democracy’s first “total war,” he turned to one of history’s most remarkable triumvirates.

Henry Stimson, an old-money Republican from Long Island, rallied to FDR’s banner to lead the Army as Secretary of War and championed innovative weapons that helped shape our world today. General George C. Marshall argued with Roosevelt over grand strategy, but he built the world’s greatest war machine and willingly sacrificed his dream of leading the invasion of Europe that made his protégé, Dwight Eisenhower, a legend. Admiral Ernest J. King, a hard-drinking, irascible fighter who “destroyed” Pearl Harbor in a prewar naval exercise, understood how to fight Japan, but he also battled the Army, the Air Force, Douglas MacArthur, and his British allies as they moved armies and fleets across the globe.

These commanders threw off sparks whenever they clashed: generals against politicians, Army versus Navy. But those sparks lit the fire of victory. During four years of bitter warfare, FDR’s lieutenants learned to set aside deep personal, political, and professional differences and pull a nation through the twentieth century’s darkest days.

Encircling Roosevelt’s warlords—and sometimes bitterly at odds with them—was a colorful cast of the Second World War’s giants: Winston Churchill, MacArthur, Josef Stalin, Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Charles de Gaulle. These and other larger-than-life figures enrich a sweeping story of an era brimming with steel, fire, and blood.

Drawing upon a wealth of primary sources, American Warlords goes behind closed doors to give readers an intimate, often surprising view of titans who led America from isolation to the summit of global power. Written in a robust, engaging style, author Jonathan W. Jordan offers a vivid portrait of four extraordinary Americans in the eye of the war’s hurricane.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An incredibly intimate account…Jordan’s book should be required reading for all who seek greater insight into how wars are won. Superbly written, well researched, and highly interesting.’

    Jean Edward Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Mr. Jordan has done an admirable job of making these men come alive. He uses their own words to weave a good tale.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] triumph of meticulous scholarship and keen insight propelled by a marvelously written narrative.”

    Armchair General

  • “Jordan has crafted an immensely readable history…Jordan has done a wonderful job of encapsulating not just the personalities of these fascinating leaders but the larger overall strategy of the war, dutifully covering all the major battles on the road to victory.”

    Charleston Post and Courier

  • “Small details and little-mentioned facts make this a highly informative look at four men in charge of Washington, DC, during that time.…Jordan’s wonderful new insight into the leaders shows how lucky we were regarding Stimson’s prescient warnings about nuclear war, Marshall’s long-suffering, self-effacing loyalty, and King’s rough-and-ready fighting abilities. In addition to World War II buffs, other readers will enjoy the intrigue, back-stabbing, action, and diplomacy in this well-written book.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A classic page-turner that is fun to read. This essential volume will hold much appeal to readers interested in World War II, FDR, and civilian-military relations.”

    Library Journal

  • “In a spirited narration, Malcolm Hillgartner presents fascinating portraits of the four individuals… Hillgartner’s resonant baritone is expressive. Though he moves at a quick clip, he is still easy to follow. He delivers narrative sections in a consistent voice and gives each quotation an appropriate imitation of the speaker.”


  • A 2015 Wall Street Journal Best Book for History Buffs

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About the Author

Jonathan W. Jordan is the author of the bestselling book Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe and the award-winning Lone Star Navy. He is a contributing author to the Armchair Reader’s World War II and The Amazing Book of History, and the editor of the Library of Texas edition of To the People of Texas. His writing has appeared in World War II magazine, Armchair General, Military History, WWII History, and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. A practicing attorney in Atlanta, Jordan lives in Marietta, Georgia.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.