Catalogue


1940 : FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler--the election amid the storm /
Susan Dunn.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013], c2013
description
viii, 418 p.
ISBN
0300190867 (hardback : alk. paper), 9780300190861 (hardback : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013], c2013
isbn
0300190867 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780300190861 (hardback : alk. paper)
abstract
"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"--
catalogue key
8941306
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 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 vs. inter-vention. 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.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"1940 is a useful account of an important time in American history."Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"A brilliant portrait of an America in transition . . . . Captivating . . . . Few years turn out to be as perilous as 1940, or as portentous."David M. Shribman, The Wall Street Journal
"A brilliant portrait of an America in transition . . . . Captivating . . . . Few years turn out to be as perilous as 1940, or as portentous."David M. Shribman, Wall Street Journal
"[A] gripping narrative that both scholars and presidential history buffs will enjoy." Library Journal
"A warmly characterized study of Franklin Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie as they battled for the presidency of 1940 within a yawning national chasm over the war. . . Dunn paints a lively portrait of the many currents during the year. . . A sympathetic, entertaining portrayal of two presidential opponents and ultimate colleagues." Kirkus Reviews
"Dunn superbly depicts the 1940 election between Roosevelt, who was seeking an unprecedented third term, and his internationalist Republican opponent, Wendell Willkie."Jacob Heilbrunn, New York Times Book Review (cover review, Editor's Choice selection)
"Dunn superbly depicts the 1940 election between Roosevelt, who was seeking an unprecedented third term, and his internationalist Republic opponent, Wendell Wilkie."Jacob Heilbrunn, New York Times Book Review (cover review)
"Some elections really are watersheds. A gripping narrative of the dramatic 1940 contest for the White House." Harvard magazine
"Susan Dunn, a prolific and outstanding historian, has crafted a fast-paced, serious, and extraordinarily well-researched book about the events surrounding the pivotal 1940 election. Her main charactersFDR, Wendell Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitlercome brilliantly to life. I could hardly put the book down." James T. Patterson, author of Bancroft Prize-winning Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974
"Susan Dunn's 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitlerthe Election Amid the Storm delivers a richly detailed Making of the Presidentstyle look back at the 1940 race."Marc Wortman, The Daily Beast
"Susan Dunn's gripping book shows us that the further we get from 1940, the more obvious it is that this moment was a turning point for Western civilization. With fresh research and original insights, Dunn allows us to watch and assess such figures as FDR, Hitler and Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, Wendell Willkie, Henry Wallace, Joseph Kennedy and others as they play out their roles, large and small, in the horrifying, onrushing drama. Anyone today who believes that U.S. involvement and the ultimate Allied triumph in World War II was inevitable must read this important history."Michael Beschloss, New York Times bestselling author of Presidential Courage
This item was reviewed in:
Kirkus Reviews, June 2013
Library Journal, June 2013
Wall Street Journal, June 2013
Washington Post, June 2013
New York Times Book Review, July 2013
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Description for Bookstore
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.
Main Description
A dramatic account of the turbulent presidential election of 1940. Against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, the two candidates found themselves on the defensive against American isolationists and their charismatic spokesman, Charles Lindbergh, who called for surrender to Hitler's demands.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
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
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem