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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, winner of the Francis Parkman Prize and New York Times bestselling author

  • "[A] page-turning chronicle…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)

  • “In a spirited narration, Malcolm Hillgartner presents fascinating portraits of the four individuals who snatched victory from initial defeat in WWII: FDR; Henry Stimson, Secretary of War; General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff; and Admiral Ernest J. King, Chief of Naval Operations. The author’s narrative is lively in describing the characters of these four men, warts and all. The audiobook focuses on the decisions they made and the actions they took that put the US on a war footing quickly and that led to the Allies triumphing over both Germany and Japan. 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.”


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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.