Essays and videos return in September. This summer, this book is must reading.

From the website of the author, Lynne Olson:

A groundbreaking account of the debate over American intervention in World War II, Those Angry Days tells the story of the bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world. At the center stood the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who, as unofficial leader and spokesman for America’s isolationists, emerged as the president’s most formidable adversary.

Spanning the years 1939 to 1941, Those Angry Days vividly re-creates the rancorous internal squabbles that gripped the United States in the period leading up to Pearl Harbor. While other historians have limited their focus to the policy issues of the pre-Pearl Harbor period, Lynne Olson tells the human stories as well — especially that of Charles Lindbergh, his troubled wife Anne, and their family. She masterfully evokes the nail-biting suspense over whether Britain would be saved, as well as the extreme polarization in the country (not unlike that of today) that ripped apart friendships and tore apart families.