'Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances' by Frank Costigliola
Had he lived, FDR’s ties to Stalin would’ve eased tensions, a historian argues
Franklin Roosevelt’s twelve years as president saw him battle the Great Depression, Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. In Frank Costigliola’s view, Roosevelt was necessary for one more imposing task: preventing the Cold War. The tragedy was that FDR did not live long enough to complete it. Costigliola, a historian at the University of Connecticut, maintains in his new book that Roosevelt’s death in April 1945 eliminated the one man who could have kept alive the wartime alliance between the United States and the Soviet Union.