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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

418 pages

Publisher: Yale Univ Pr

Publish Date: Jun 2013

ISBN-13: 9780300190861

ISBN-10: 0300190867

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In 1940, against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, two farsighted candidates for the U.S. presidency--Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for an unprecedented third term, and talented Republican businessman Wendell Willkie--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. "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 today's hyperpartisan political arena, where common ground seems unattainable.

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Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Publish Date: Jun 2013
ISBN-13: 9780300190861
ISBN-10: 0300190867
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 418
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.65
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Chapter outline

Mystery in the White Housep. 1
George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt: Duty or Ambition?p. 14
Walking on Eggsp. 21
Lindbergh and the Shrimpsp. 43
Isolationists: The War Withinp. 57
Dark Horsep. 71
Home Run for the White Housep. 92
The Republicans in Philadelphiap. 101
Roosevelt's Gamep. 121
The Democrats in Chicagop. 131
Willkie Runs Alonep. 151
An Army of Citizen Soldiersp. 167
Campaigning 101p. 189
Enter Robert Sherwoodp. 207
Franklin and Joep. 220
The Fifth Columnp. 232
Final Days, Final Wordsp. 241
Safe at Thirdp. 259
Roosevelt and Willkie: Almost a Teamp. 276
Roosevelt and Willkie vs. Lindberghp. 291
Epilogue: One Nation Indivisiblep. 307
Notesp. 319
Acknowledgmentsp. 401
Indexp. 403

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Review by Library Journal (2013-06-15)

The intense battle between isolationists and interventionists and breaking the two-term tradition were the key issues in the 1940 presidential election. Dunn (arts & humanities, Williams Coll.; Roosevelt's Purge) portrays Franklin D. Roosevelt as a master politician whose Machiavellian plan was to keep his competitors in the dark regarding his intentions while giving them ample room to fall on their egos. By contrast, the Republican Party was hopelessly divided: former president Hoover was hoping to be called on again, Robert Taft thought he was entitled to be the challenger, and Thomas Dewey, the New York upstart, sought the nomination, too.

Republicans were also divided over isolationism Cs. inter-vent ion. There was also isolationist Charles Lindbergh to cope with, the boy wonder who proved to be a false hero, while newspaper moguls favoring intervention were able to push the politically untested Wendell Willkie to GOP nomination. FDR captured the Democratic nomination and a third term by showing that he knew more about American democracy than any of the others.

Verdict: Though the general story of the 1940 election is known, Dunn updates it with the latest historical data while writing a gripping narrative that both scholars and presidential history buffs will enjoy. They may also like Lynne Olson's Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In 1940, against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, two farsighted candidates for the U.S. presidency--Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for an unprecedented third term, and talented Republican businessman Wendell Willkie--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.
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 today's hyperpartisan political arena, where common ground seems unattainable.

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