James B. Conroy

THE DEVILS WILL GET NO REST: FDR, Churchill, and the Plan that Won the War

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Devils Will Get No Rest

FDR, Churchill, and the Plan that Won the War
by James B. Conroy
Pub Date: 6/13/2023
Published by Simon & Schuster
ISBN-10: 1982168684
ISBN-13: 978-1982168681

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“James Conroy has brought a pivotal moment in world history to vivid and engaging life. With sophisticated analysis and an eye for the telling detail, this illuminating account of the Casablanca Conference and the war that raged before and after has much to tell us about diplomacy and human nature.” - Jon Meacham, author of Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship

"This is World War II gamesmanship at its most gripping, deserving of a place alongside the best of Erik Larson and Ben Macintyre. James B. Conroy writes with panache, wisdom, humor, and razor-sharp precision. He gives the reader a cinematic sense of urgency and realism, with characters that spring to life with brilliant humanity." - Evan Osnos, winner of the National Book Award

"This is a spellbinding, character-driven account of what Franklin Roosevelt called the 'Unconditional Surrender Meeting,' the ten days at Casablanca that altered the course of World War II. It is freshly researched, crisply written, and supremely interesting. James Conroy, a richly gifted storyteller, has given us the finest account yet published on this momentously important turning point in world history." - Donald L. Miller, author of Masters of the Air and Vicksburg

"The Devils Will Get No Rest is compelling reading. It not only vividly recaptures the struggle to defeat the Axis powers it also reminds us of how fortunate we were to have two great leaders in Churchill and FDR." - Robert Dallek, author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 and Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

“Spiced with droll humor and studded with deft character studies, telling anecdotes, and vivid scene paining, this riveting book places the reader in a front row seat at the tense drama in which FDR and Churchill, along with their cantankerous staffs, disagreed, wrangled, and finally hammered out the overall strategy that won World War II. In his account of this crucial meeting where the die was cast, James Conroy has lived up to the high standards he set in his estimable works on Lincoln and Jefferson.” - Michael Burlingame, author of the Lincoln Prize winning standard biography, Abraham Lincoln: A Life

“Conroy vividly describes daily conference sessions at the Anfa Hotel and draws sharp, memorable character sketches of the participants (“no one admired Charles de Gaulle more than Charles de Gaulle”). This gaze into the corridors of power enlightens.” - Publishers Weekly

“Conroy adds personality and background to the official account of the crucial Casablanca Conference.” - Kirkus Reviews