1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler-the Election Amid the Stormby Susan Dunn, Corey Snow
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.
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Meet the Author
Susan Dunn is a professor of American history at Williams College and the author of many books, including Roosevelt's Purge and Jefferson's Second Revolution.
Corey M. Snow is a full-time audiobook narrator and voice talent from the great Pacific Northwest, working from his home studio in Olympia, Washington. In his life before becoming a narrator he has been a typesetter, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, a software developer, and much more.
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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.