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1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler--The Election Amid the Storm

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Publisher Comments:

For most of three decades, Drew Pearson was the most well-known journalist in the United States. In his daily newspaper column—the most widely syndicated in the nation—and on radio and television broadcasts, he chronicled the political and public policy news of the nation. At the same time, he worked his way into the inner circles of policy makers in the White House and Congress, lobbying for issues he believed would promote better government and world peace.

 
Pearson, however, still found time to record his thoughts and observations in his personal diary.

Published here for the first time, Washington Merry-Go-Round presents Pearsons private impressions of life inside the Beltway from 1960 to 1969, revealing how he held the confidence of presidents—especially Lyndon B. Johnson—congressional leaders, media moguls, political insiders, and dozens of otherwise unknown sources of information. His direct interactions with the DC glitterati, including Bobby Kennedy and Douglas MacArthur, are featured throughout his diary, drawing the reader into the compelling political intrigues of 1960s Washington and providing the mysterious backstory on the famous and the notorious of the era.

 
 

Synopsis:

The spellbinding story of the Roosevelt-Willkie election season, when bitterly dividedand#160;Americans debated the fate of the nation and the world

Synopsis:

This spellbinding story of the Roosevelt-Willkie election season explores the deep divisions in the United States on the eve of World War II, the pull of Lindbergh's staunch isolationism, and the courageous candidates and politicians who forged crucial agreements across the aisle.

Synopsis:

In 1940, against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, two farsighted candidates for the U.S. presidencyandmdash;Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for an unprecedented third term, and talented Republican businessman Wendell Willkieandmdash;found themselves on the defensive against American isolationists and their charismatic spokesman Charles Lindbergh, who called for surrender to Hitler's demands. In this dramatic account of that turbulent and consequential election, historian Susan Dunn brings to life the debates, the high-powered players, and the dawning awareness of the Nazi threat as the presidential candidates engaged in their own battle for supremacy.
and#160;
1940 not only explores the contest between FDR and Willkie but also examines the key preparations for war that went forward, even in the midst of that divisive election season. The book tells an inspiring story of the triumph of American democracy in a world reeling from fascist barbarism, and it offers a compelling alternative scenario to todayandrsquo;s hyperpartisan political arena, where common ground seems unattainable.

About the Author

Susan Dunn is the Third Century Professor of Humanities at Williams College. She is the author of a dozen books, including The Three Roosevelts, cowritten with James MacGregor Burns, and Rooseveltand#8217;s Purge, winner of the Henry Adams Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. She lives in Williamstown, MA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300190861
Author:
Dunn, Susan
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Pearson, Drew
Author:
Hannaford, Peter
Author:
Smith, Richard Norton
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 b/w illus.
Pages:
760
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
The spellbinding story of the Roosevelt-Willkie election season, when bitterly dividedand#160;Americans debated the fate of the nation and the world
"Synopsis" by ,
This spellbinding story of the Roosevelt-Willkie election season explores the deep divisions in the United States on the eve of World War II, the pull of Lindbergh's staunch isolationism, and the courageous candidates and politicians who forged crucial agreements across the aisle.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1940, against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, two farsighted candidates for the U.S. presidencyandmdash;Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for an unprecedented third term, and talented Republican businessman Wendell Willkieandmdash;found themselves on the defensive against American isolationists and their charismatic spokesman Charles Lindbergh, who called for surrender to Hitler's demands. In this dramatic account of that turbulent and consequential election, historian Susan Dunn brings to life the debates, the high-powered players, and the dawning awareness of the Nazi threat as the presidential candidates engaged in their own battle for supremacy.
and#160;
1940 not only explores the contest between FDR and Willkie but also examines the key preparations for war that went forward, even in the midst of that divisive election season. The book tells an inspiring story of the triumph of American democracy in a world reeling from fascist barbarism, and it offers a compelling alternative scenario to todayandrsquo;s hyperpartisan political arena, where common ground seems unattainable.
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