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.
"A sympathetic, entertaining portrayal of two presidential opponents and ultimate colleagues." (Kirkus)
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Excellent In depth on a critical year
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.
Not one particular point but the ongoing tension between Willke and the GOP.
The reflection and emotion helped understand the critical points.
- Paul Whiddon
My parents' age 22.