Shortlist year: 
2014
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Penguin Random House

About the book

Book cover of Rendezvous with Destiny

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.

There was Sumner Welles, the buttoned-down diplomat; William 'Wild Bill' Donovan, war hero and future spymaster; Harry Hopkins, frail social worker and New Dealer; Averell Harriman, banker and railroad heir; and Wendell Willkie, the charismatic former Republican presidential candidate.

Together, they shaped the future of America, the Second World War, and the modern world.