Jay Winik’s new book 1944 is the latest attack of the steadily escalating, spontaneous, and unorganized campaign to find some albatross of historical incompetence or misfeasance to hang around the neck of Franklin D. Roosevelt. For nearly fifty years he was labored with the charge of having given away Eastern Europe to Stalin, while allowing the U.S. government to become infested with Soviet spies. The most extreme recent manifestations of this came from Diana West, replete with the exhumation of Mr. Churchill’s mad proposal to charge up the Adriatic (past hundreds of miles of German airfields on each side) and land near Ljubljana and plunge into the Alpine snows, as an alternative to the Normandy landings. It has taken until the last few years to establish that Churchill settled the spheres of influence in Europe with Stalin in Moscow in October...

 
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