Advocating Overlord: The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb (Paperback)
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Advocating Overlord: The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb (Paperback)

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"Well there it is. It won't work, but you must bloody well make it," said the chief of Britain's military leaders, when he gave orders to begin planning for what became known as Operation Overlord. While many view D-Day as one of the most successful operations of World War II, most aren't aware of the intensive year of planning and political tension between the Allies that preceded the amphibious military landing on June 6, 1944. This intriguing history reveals how President Franklin D. Roosevelt, while on a fishing trip in the middle of World War II, altered his attitude toward Winston Churchill and became an advocate for Operation Overlord. Philip Padgett challenges the known narrative of this watershed moment in history and illuminates the diplomatic link between Normandy and the atomic bomb. He shows how the Allies came to agree on a liberation strategy that began with D-Day - and the difficult forging of British and American scientific cooperation that produced the atomic bomb. At its core this story is about how a new generation of leaders found the courage to step beyond national biases in a truly allied endeavor to carry out one of history's most successful military operations.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781640123120
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 228 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Advocating Overlord is a welcome reminder of what can be accomplished when allied nations' military and political leaders overcome national biases and rivalries to recognize common interests."--Francis P./I>--Francis P. Sempa "New York Journal of Books "
"One would think the story of the conception and planning for the D-Day landings had been well covered, but Padgett, a veteran of decades of service in national security, disarmament, and preparedness analysis, breaks surprising new ground in this book. . . . Advocating Overlord is a very good read for anyone interested in the Second World War."--A. A./I>--A. A. Nofi "Strategy Page "
"Advocating Overlord presents two worthy overarching lessons for today's warfighter. First, it displays how strategic leaders make executive decisions and operational staffs negotiate details to meet the political vision. Second, it illustrates how to plan and win against a peer competitor in multiple warfighting domains under formidable resource constraints. . . . A testament to the single-battle concept too often ignored during the counterinsurgency era. I recommend Advocating Overlord primarily because it reinforces the basics of planning and decision making for today's military professional."--Bradley Fultz, Proceedings-- (12/01/2018)
"A fascinating narrative."--Bradley P. Tolppanen, A Blog on Winston Churchill-- (06/06/2019)
"Padgett has provided us with an excellent, extremely insightful study of the pivotal negotiations during 1943 that determined whether and how the fledgling Anglo-American alliance would solidify to make a significant contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany and go on to provide the basis for post-war western security."--Richard H. Harding, professor of organizational history at the University of Westminster and coeditor of Naval Leadership in the Atlantic World: The Age of Revolution and Reform, 1700-1850-- (09/15/2017)
"Even those well versed in the history of the war will find much to ponder here, including the entanglement of Operation Overlord, the American effort to exclude the British from participation in the building of the atomic bomb, and the final transformation of America's international role, away from 'hemispheric defense' and toward enduring global engagement."--Daniel Moran, professor of international and military history in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and coeditor of Maritime Strategy and Global Security-- (09/15/2017)
"Philip Padgett has provided a novel roadmap for tracing this familiar story. His Advocating Overlord is evocatively written and grounded in authoritative research in British and U.S. sources; it offers an intriguing thesis regarding the nexus of issues that led to Operation Overlord."--Theodore A. Wilson, professor emeritus of history at the University of Kansas-- (09/15/2017)
"Very well written and very well researched in British and American archival and manuscript materials as well as published works, Philip Padgett's Advocating Overlord provides a detailed analysis of the Anglo-American disagreements over both European strategy and atomic sharing during World War II. In doing so it offers a provocative, fascinating reinterpretation of the relationship between the two disputes."--Mark A. Stoler, editor of the George C. Marshall Papers and professor emeritus of history at the University of Vermont-- (09/15/2017)
"Philip Padgett not only offers a carefully-argued and nuanced account of D-Day and all that went with it, but shows how the apparently unconnected Anglo-American wartime effort to build an atomic bomb informed and sometimes complicated Overlord planning at the highest level. This connectivity is rarely discussed but in Advocating Overlord it becomes the driver of a fascinating account of Anglo-American military planning, politics and diplomacy."--Kevin Ruane, professor of modern history at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War-- (10/19/2017)
"Philip Padgett provides keen insights into the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain as its leaders worked toward the planned allied invasion of Europe, as well as the engineering and construction of the atomic bomb. Padgett has written an insightful history of how these two significant events influenced one another within the context of the Second World War."--Sean N. Kalic, author of The U.S. Presidents and the Militarization of Space 1946-1967-- (11/03/2017)

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