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.
©2013 Susan Dunn (P)2013 Tantor
"A sympathetic, entertaining portrayal of two presidential opponents and ultimate colleagues." (Kirkus)
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.
In spite of the lack of a preface or introduction the narrative flows through this critical period of our history. It shows what a democracy can do when it must.
I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.
I was absolutely fascinated by the tangled web that was politics in the 1930s. I found it riveting to hear the details of how FDR managed to get himself elected for a third term, and it was a serious eye opener to hear about Americans like Ford and Lindbergh who actually liked Hitler and believed what he was saying.
Its downright scary to hear a story like this that is so well researched, detailed and precise and then compare it to the times we live in. There are so many parallels in history, right wing versus left wing, that its easy to see in hindsight how Americans made then and are making still some blind decisions and some bright ones too.
Corey Snow does a phenomenal job, pronouncing foreign terms and names precisely and pacing his reading and tone to keep the reader glued to the story.
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