• by Susan Dunn
  • Narrated by Corey Snow
  • 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook 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.


What the Critics Say

"A sympathetic, entertaining portrayal of two presidential opponents and ultimate colleagues." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent In depth on a critical year

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I found the details and little known facts of this book were fabulous in understanding such a critical year and election in our countries history. The story telling made the book deliver far more then facts but infused emotion into the topics discussed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1940?

Not one particular point but the ongoing tension between Willke and the GOP.

What about Corey Snow’s performance did you like?

The reflection and emotion helped understand the critical points.

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- Paul Whiddon

My parents' age 22.

In spite of the lack of a preface or introduction the narrative flows through this critical period of our history. It shows what a democracy can do when it must.
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- Don

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-27-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio