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Posted September 1, 2013
A great read into the oft-ignored run-up to war
With all of the endless prattle about the greatest generation one may be excused if in doubt about the eagerness and resolve of the American people to enter World War 2. Dunn shows with a deft and illuminating touch that isolationist and pacifist sentiment ran very high in 1940, and that both political parties had to make obesiance at the shrine of non-intervention. The description of the political conventions in that summer was a reminder of a day when those gathering were more than week-long television commercials, and when the nominees were in doubt. The denouement, with Wilkie travelling to Britain after his defeat, to act as FDR's representative was a bit of a letdown, but the dismissal of Joe Kennedy, one of the least effective American ambassadors to the Court of St. James in the history of the Republic, made up for it.
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