Rendezvous with Destiny
Drawing on vast archival research, Rendezvous with Destiny is narrative history at its most delightful, stirring and important.
'From 1939 to 1941, with Europe at war and the United States strongly isolationist, Roosevelt sent five exceptional men to Europe as his personal envoys to assess, among other issues, America's role. Rendezvous With Destiny is a fascinating and well-written account of a little-known chapter that was crucial to the course of WWII and to America's global leadership.' Henry Kissinger
'Superb . . . One of the most fascinating works of history I have read in many years' Ross Fitzgerald, Weekend Australian
'Real Team of Rivals stuff: smart, engaging, historical storytelling' Time
'A cracking book . . . as difficult to put down as a thriller' Adelaide Review
In the dark days between Hitler's invasion of Poland and the attack on Pearl Harbor, a group of highly unorthodox emissaries dispatched to Europe by President Franklin D. Roosevelt paved the way for America's entry into the war.
Sumner Welles, the buttoned-down diplomat eventually ruined by his sexual misdemeanours, met with Mussolini, Hitler and Chamberlain.
William 'Wild Bill' Donovan, war hero and future spymaster, visited an isolated United Kingdom to determine whether it could hold out against the Nazis.
Harry Hopkins, frail social worker and New Dealer, became an unlikely confidant of Churchill and Stalin.
Averell Harriman, banker and railroad heir, ran the massive aid program out of London, where he romanced Churchill's daughter-in-law.
Wendell Willkie, the charismatic former Republican presidential candidate, raised British morale and helped FDR to win over wary Americans to the cause.
Together, they shaped the future of America, the Second World War, and the modern world. Michael Fullilove restores Roosevelt's unlikely envoys to their proper place in history.
Rendezvous with Destiny is stirring and important history, written with the pace of a thriller.
'Rendezvous with Destiny reminds us that the great challenges of any age typically summon the unconventional; in this case, a President who was perhaps the most unconventional of all. Michael Fullilove has produced a fascinating account of how Franklin Roosevelt and the brightest statesmen of their day helped save a civilisation.' Paul Keating
'Fullilove proves these crucial figures were more than just the servants of the American Goliath's move from isolationism - they were shapers of destiny in their own right. And he achieves this with a gripping narrative power.' Thomas Keneally
'A revealing account of the entry of the United States into the Second World War, that underlines the importance of leadership and individuals in history. The story is told with a great eye for detail, as well as a sound grasp of the broad arc of events.' Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man
'A rare combination of diplomatic thriller and original history, well-paced and expertly told' Kurt Campbell, Financial Times
'Fullilove infuses each chapter with the danger, romance and deadly seriousness of war . . . The book is at its finest when it portrays Roosevelt as a mariner steering through the fog' Jordan Chandler Hirsch, Wall Street Journal
'Entertaining . . . Fine capsule biographies of five remarkable Americans' David Nasaw, New York Times Book Review
'Fullilove writes superbly, weaving an intriguing Australian role into his narrative . . . An outstanding book, marked by insight and irony.' The Spectator, Australia
'Highly readable and original . . . A work of detailed scholarship and vigorous writing . . . a model of what the best academic research is capable of producing' Australian Book Review
'Outstanding... Fullilove has undertaken an enormous amount of research to produce a massive work that will change the way we view America's role in the war.' Herald Sun
'Fullilove is a gifted narrative historian, as this immensely readable and enjoyable book demonstrates' Walter Russell Mead, Foreign Affairs
'This is a work of history that engages the reader from beginning to end. It's one that you'll want to add to your bookcase' Australian Defence Magazine
'An interesting and meticulously researched book, agreeably written and rigorous in its assertion of historical facts . . . A very rewarding read' Conrad Black, National Interest
'Revelatory . . . A massive book that will change the way we view America's role in the war.' Daily Telegraph
'One of the most absorbing and original histories of World War II that has ever been written.' Weekend Bookworm, ABC Radio
'. . . desperately romantic and impossibly consequential... In Rendezvous with Destiny, Fullilove delivers a rare combination of diplomatic thriller and original history, well-paced and expertly told.' Kurt M Campbell
'Fullilove captures the essence of a relationship in which Churchill, so powerful in his own country, realised he was almost totally dependent on [Roosevelt] for survival ... This book is a vivid account of a remarkable time in US history.' Saturday Age
Praise for Rendezvous with Destiny
Superb ... One of the most fascinating works of history I have read in many years.Ross Fitzgerald, Weekend Australian
Fullilove delivers a rare combination of diplomatic thriller and original history, well-paced and expertly told.Kurt Campbell, Financial Times
Fullilove infuses each chapter with the danger, romance and deadly seriousness of war ... The book is at its finest when it portrays Roosevelt as a mariner steering through the fog.Jordan Chandler Hirsch, Wall Street Journal
Real 'Team of Rivals' stuff: smart, engaging, historical storytelling.Lev Grossman, Time
Entertaining ... Fine capsule biographies of five remarkable Americans.David Nasaw, New York Times Book Review
Fullilove is a gifted narrative historian, as this immensely readable and enjoyable book demonstrates.Walter Russell Mead, Foreign Affairs
An interesting and meticulously researched book, agreeably written and rigorous in its assertion of historical facts ... A very rewarding read.Conrad Black, National Interest
One of the most absorbing and original histories of World War II that has ever been written.Weekend Bookworm, ABC Radio
Fullilove writes superbly, weaving an intriguing Australian role into his narrative ... An outstanding book, marked by insight and irony.The Spectator, Australia
Outstanding ... Fullilove has undertaken an enormous amount of research to produce a massive work that will change the way we view America's role in the war.Herald Sun
A vivid account of a remarkable time in US history.Sydney Morning Herald
Highly readable and original ... Reads at times like a well-written novel, a welcome relief from the arid prose of much of international relations ... A work of detailed scholarship and vigorous writing and, as such, a model of what the best academic research is capable of producing.Australian Book Review
A cracking book ... as difficult to put down as a thriller.Adelaide Review
Little-known, yet illuminating and engaging, history.Daily Telegraph
A masterwork and an ideal gift for history buffs.Weekly Review
It is rare to find a book so universally and enthusiastically well received yet Michael Fullilove has achieved this and more. This book combines a work of considerable scholarship with a narrative skill few historians possess ... This is not dull history. This is a work of history that engages the reader from beginning to end. It's one that you'll want to add to your bookcase.Australian Defence Magazine
Michael has entered the front run of international writers with a single bound.Bob Carr
Awards & recognition
Waverley Library Award for Literature
Shortlisted • 2013 • Best Book
NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Joint winner • 2014 • Douglas Stewart Prize
Prime Minister's Literary Award
Shortlisted • 2014 • Non-Fiction