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Dunn, Susan, 1945-
1940 : FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler--the election amid the storm / Susan Dunn
Alternate Title Nineteen forty
FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler--the election amid the storm
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2013
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Subject(s) Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1940
Subject Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
Subject(s) Isolationism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subject Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
Physical Description viii, 418 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-399) and index
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 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"-- Provided by publisher

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