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Watching Darkness Fall: FDR, His Ambassadors, and the Rise of Adolf Hitler

National Archives Museum

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

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Author David McKean's Watching Darkness Fall recounts the rise of the Third Reich in Germany and the road to war from the perspective of four American diplomats in Europe who witnessed it firsthand: Joseph Kennedy, William Dodd, Breckinridge Long, and William Bullitt, who all served in key Western European capitals—London, Berlin, Rome, Paris, and Moscow in the years prior to World War II. They were President Roosevelt's eyes and ears on the ground, but unfortunately, most of them underestimated the power and resolve of Adolf Hitler and Germany’s Third Reich. Watching Darkness Fall is a gripping new history of the years leading up to and the beginning of World War II in Europe.

Tom Wheeler, author and former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will join the author in conversation.


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