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Posted January 20, 2006
'Here lies one who contributed to saving freedom at a moment of great peril...'
These were the words that Wendell Willkie, the 1940 GOP presidential nominee said that he would prefer as his choice of epitaphs, rejecting the second option, 'Here lies an unimportant president.' This may be the best book that I've read in years. Peters is a journalist, but he also lived through the era and experienced the race first hand. There are so many interesting facts in this book, not just about the presidential race, but about political and social life in the United States prior to America's entry into WWII. The book traces the development of American policy towards the British, with a special emphasis on Lend-Lease and the political battle against the isolationists. The heroes of the book are both Willkie and FDR, who both ran in 1940 as internationalists in a time of pending crisis. Anyone who has a passion for history and loves the World War II era will benefit from purchasing Peters' book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.