New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

January 20, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A consequential president : the legacy of Barack Obama

January 19, 2017
D'Antonio, Michael, author.
©2016
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ending the Great Recession : it was the economy, stupid -- Auto industry rescue : "the doomsayers were wrong" -- Health care reform : saving Spike Dolomite -- Energy : sun, wind, and market forces -- Environment : saving the planet -- Foreign policy : Obama's world -- Education : racing to the top -- Financial reform : boring is better -- Equality : expectations, limits, progress -- Unfinished business (and failures) -- Postscript: the benefits of cool -- Addendum: Antagonism and false alarms.
Recounts the accomplishments of President Obama during his eight years in office, considering his major successes and how he was able to govern while facing both racial hostility and unrealistic expectations.

The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama

January 12, 2017
Ifill, Gwen.
New York : Anchor Books, 2009.
300 pages ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword"--Cover.
Breaking through -- The generational divide -- Barack Obama -- The race/gender clash -- Artur Davis -- Legacy politics -- Cory Booker -- The politics of identity -- Deval Patrick -- The next wave.
The Breakthrough is a remarkable look at contemporary politics and an essential foundation for understanding the future of American democracy in the age of Obama.

Love triangle : Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, & Nancy Davis

January 5, 2017
Porter, Darwin. author
©2014
662 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Place of publication from page 662.
All the gossip unfit to print. Hot, unauthorized, and unapologetic! -- Cover.
Long before two of its members became the most publicized leaders of the Free World, they were part of an amorous, "winner-take-all" love triangle that rocked Hollywood. Published after decades of research, this triple biography focuses on the one of the strangest three-sided love affairs in presidential history. Read about the bizarre entanglements of Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, and a failed, B-List starlet-Nancy Davis-who eventually evolved into one of the most controversial (and demanding) First Ladies in American history.

The wars of the Roosevelts : the ruthless rise of America's greatest political family

December 29, 2016
Mann, William J., author.
©2016
x, 609 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Prologue: The larger picture, 1960 -- Cain and Abel, 1890-1891 -- Everything to fear, 1893-1894 -- Popular and powerful, 1903-1905 -- A shot, 1912 -- Believing more than ever before, 1918-1920 -- Rough stunts, 1924-1925 -- The future and the past, 1932 -- Changing the world, 1936-1938 -- Terrific responsibility, 1943-1945 -- Epilogue: The last sortie, 1962.
Drawing on historical documents and interviews with the long-silent 'illegitimate' branch of the family, celebrity biographer William J. Mann paints a group portrait of this legendary family ... Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs from Elliott's archives, The Wars of the Roosevelts is a deeply psychological history, illuminating not only the enviable strengths but also the profound shame of this remarkable and influential family.--Adapted from publisher description.

Our revolution : a future to believe in

December 8, 2016
Sanders, Bernard, author.
©2016
450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
How do we turn out the way we do? -- My political life in Vermont -- Thinking about running -- How do you run a presidential campaign? -- The campaign begins -- On the campaign trail -- Defeating oligarchy -- The decline of the American middle class -- Ending a rigged economy -- Health care for all -- Making higher education affordable -- Combating climate change -- Real criminal justice reform -- Immigration reform now -- Protecting our most vulnerable -- Corporate media and the threat to our democracy.
"In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all -- and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on."--Provided by publisher.

Brother Bill : President Clinton and the politics of race and class

November 28, 2016
Carter, Daryl A., author.
©2016
xi, 322 pages : 23 cm
Includes bibliographical reference (pages 287-300) and index.

Eleanor Roosevelt

November 18, 2016
Cook, Blanche Wiesen.
New York, NY : Viking, 1992-2016.
3 v. : ill. ; 24 cm.
v. 1. 1884-1933 -- v. 2. 1933-1938 -- v. 3. 1939-1962.

The conservative case for Trump

October 26, 2016
Schlafly, Phyllis, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2016]
xix, 260 pages ; 19 cm
Immigration invasion -- Rotten trade deals -- Political correctness kills -- Restraining judicial activism -- Education that educates -- A family man -- Petty tyranny -- Military superiority -- Giving back -- Trump or a new Constitutional Convention.
"From Phyllis Schlafly, the woman whose celebrated classic A Choice Not An Echo (over 3 million copies sold) upended the 1964 Republican Convention, comes a persuasive new argument for a surprising conservative choice: Donald Trump. For the first time since 1980, a significant number of Republicans are considering abandoning their party's nominee. This is a grave mistake, Schlafly says-because a Donald Trump "radical redirection" could actually set America back on the path of Reagan's conservative revolution. In The Conservative Case for Trump, Schlafly and her coauthors Ed Martin and Brett M. Decker set aside the circus of the campaign and zero in on eight defining points of the Trump agenda to convince Republican voters that Donald Trump-improbable as it may seem-is the true conservative we've been waiting for"-- Provided by publisher.

The general vs. the president : MacArthur and Truman at the brink of nuclear war

October 25, 2016
Brands, H. W., author.
©2016
437 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Maps on lining papers.
Prologue -- Part One. Two Roads up the Mountain -- Part Two. Test of Nerve -- Part Three. An Entirely New War -- Part Four. The General and the President -- Part Five. Fade Away.
"From master storyteller and historian H.W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II."-- Provided by publisher.

Inside the Clinton White House : an oral history

October 25, 2016
Riley, Russell L. (Russell Lynn), 1958- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xiii, 441 pages ; 25 cm.
Preface -- Editorial Note -- Part I: Beginnings. The Man Who Would be President : Prelude to the White House ; The Decision ; The Announcement "Ideas Primary" ; Staffing the Campaign ; Vertigo : The New Hampshire Primary ; Competitors, Issues, and Style ; The Manhattan Project and the Veep ; The Democratic National Convention and the Bus Tour ; The General Election Campaign-Clinton vs. George H. W. Bush ; The View from the Other Side ; The Transition to Governing -- Part II: Domestic and Economic Policy. Out of the Gate : Deciding on What to Do First ; The 1993 Budget and the Stimulus Package ; NAFTA ; Health Care ; Welfare Reform ; A Domestic Reform President -- Part III: Foreign Policy. A New Foreign Policy for a New World Order ; Haiti ; Africa ; The Balkans ; Northern Ireland ; Bill Clinton and the World ; With Foreign Leaders -- Part IV: Politics and the Clinton White House. Inside the Washington Community ; Republican Revolution-and Recovery ; The Reelection and Productive Middle Years, 1996-97 ; Scandals-and Impeachment -- Part V: Clinton and His Team. Clinton's Intellect ; Clinton's Operating Style ; The Man in the Office ; Al Gore ; Hillary ; White House Staff -- Epilogue : Observations on the Clinton Legacy.
"In the decade after Bill Clinton left the White House, scores of his closest aides recorded interviews with the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program. The contents of these interviews are published for the first time in this volume. Based on 400 hours of candid conversations, Inside the Clinton White House adds color and nuance to our understanding of Bill Clinton and his administration"-- Provided by publisher.

American Ulysses : a life of Ulysses S. Grant

October 18, 2016
White, Ronald C. (Ronald Cedric), 1939- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xxvii, 826 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Part I. Formation 1630-1848 -- "My family is American" -- "My Ulysses" -- West Point -- "My Dear Julia" -- "Either by treaty or the sword" -- "Army of invasion" -- Part II. Trial 1848-1861 -- Panama -- "Forsaken" -- "Hardscrabble" -- Galena -- Part II. Transformation 1861-1865 -- "I am in to do all I can" -- Belmont -- "Unconditional surrender" -- Shiloh -- William Tecumseh Sherman -- "More than forty Richmonds" -- Vicksburg -- Chattanooga -- "Washington's legitimate successor" -- "The wilderness" -- Robert E. Lee -- Petersburg -- Appomattox -- Part IV. Reconstruction 1865-1868 -- "I will keep my word" -- "More & more radical" -- "Let us have peace" -- Part V. President 1869-1877 -- "Gold panic" -- "A radical change in Indian policy" -- "Foreign relations" -- Ku Klux Klan -- The Gilded Age -- "Malfeasance!" -- Centennial crisis -- Part VI. World citizen 1879-1885 -- American ambassador -- Grant & Ward -- Final campaign -- Epilogue.
A "biography of one of America's greatest generals-- and most misunderstood presidents"-- Amazon.com.

Waging war : the clash between presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS

October 18, 2016
Barron, David J., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xiv, 560 pages : black and white illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Part 1. Foundings -- The Revolutionary War -- The founding -- Quasi war -- The good officer -- The man on horseback -- Antebellum -- Part 2. Civil War and its aftermath -- Confronting secession -- The war comes -- The war ends -- Imperialism -- Part 3. World wars -- The Great War -- Preparing for World War II -- Total war -- Part 4. Cold War and beyond -- Korea and absolute war powers -- War in Indochina and congressional resurgence -- The imperial presidency and the end of the President's war -- The new normal -- Post-Cold War -- The global war on terrorism -- Iraq -- Epilogue.
The history of the ongoing struggle between the presidents and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war. The Constitution states that it is Congress that declares war, but it is the presidents who have more often taken us to war and decided how to wage it. In Waging War, United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals David Barron opens with an account of George Washington and the Continental Congress over Washington's plan to burn New York City before the British invasion. Congress ordered him not to, and he obeyed. Barron takes us through all the wars that followed: 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American war, World Wars One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and now, most spectacularly, the War on Terror. Congress has criticized George W. Bush for being too aggressive and Barack Obama for not being aggressive enough, but it avoids a vote on the matter. By recounting how our presidents have declared and waged wars, Barron shows that these executives have had to get their way without openly defying Congress. Waging War shows us our country's revered and colorful presidents at their most trying times--Washington, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Johnson, both Bushes, and Obama. Their wars have made heroes of some and victims of others, but most have proved adept at getting their way over reluctant or hostile Congresses. The next president will face this challenge immediately--and the Constitution and its fragile system of checks and balances will once again be at the forefront of the national debate.

Herbert Hoover : a life

October 13, 2016
Jeansonne, Glen, 1946- author.
New York : New American Library, 2016.
vii, 455 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A Quaker orphan on the frontier -- Cardinal red -- The great engineer -- The great humanitarian -- Samaritan to a continent -- Secretary of commerce, locomotive of the economy -- Into the White House -- Getting a grip on the presidency -- Holding a finger in the dike -- Fighting the Depression -- Democracy is a harsh employer -- Challenging the New Deal -- Politics and diplomacy before the second great war -- The maelstrom of war -- The Truman years -- The Republicans return to power -- Tempest and triumph.
"Prizewinning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover--dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University. His hardworking ethic drove him to a successful career as an engineer and multinational businessman. During the Great War, he led a humanitarian effort that fed millions of Europeans left destitute--arguably saving more lives than any man in history. As commerce secretary under President Coolidge, Hoover helped modernize and galvanize American industry and orchestrated the rehabilitation of the Mississippi Valley after the Great Flood of 1927. As president, Herbert Hoover became the first chief executive to harness federal power to combat a crippling global recession. Though Hoover is often remembered as a "do-nothing" president, Jeansonne convincingly portrays a steadfast leader who challenged Congress on an array of legislation that laid the groundwork for the New Deal. In addition, Hoover reformed America's prisons, improved worker safety, and fought for better health and welfare for children. Unfairly attacked by Franklin D. Roosevelt and blamed for the Depression, Hoover was swept out of office in a landslide. Yet as FDR's government grew into a bureaucratic behemoth, Hoover became the moral voice of the GOP and a champion of Republican principles--a legacy reignited by Ronald Reagan that still endures today."--Dust jacket.

John Adams's republic : the one, the few, and the many

October 11, 2016
Ryerson, Richard Alan, 1942- author.
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
xii, 555 pages ; 26 cm
Introduction: the evolution of a distinctive republican vision -- Part I. Adams moves to the center -- A provincial reverence for the British Constitution, 1735-1767 -- The discovery of the republic, 1768-1772 -- Realm versus dominion, 1773-1774 -- From imperial dominion to autonomous republic, 1774-1775 -- Building a republican orthodoxy, 1775-1776 -- Part II. Adams on his own -- Defending executive authority, 1775-1779 -- An education in American aristocracy, 1775-1783 -- Redefining the republican tradition, 1784-1787 -- John Adams's republic in republican America, 1787-1800 -- A retrospective retirement, 1801-1826 -- Conclusion: memory and desire in revolutionary politics.
Scholars have examined John Adams's writings and beliefs for generations, but no one has brought such impressive credentials to the task as Richard Alan Ryerson in John Adams's Republic. The editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Historical Society's Adams Papers project for nearly two decades, Ryerson offers readers of this magisterial book a fresh, firmly grounded account of Adams's political thought and its development. Of all the founding fathers, Ryerson argues, John Adams may have worried the most about the problem of social jealousy and political conflict in the new republic. Ryerson explains how these concerns, coupled with Adams's concept of executive authority and his fear of aristocracy, deeply influenced his political mindset. He weaves together a close analysis of Adams's public writings, a comprehensive chronological narrative beginning in the 1760s, and an exploration of the second president's private diary, manuscript autobiography, and personal and family letters, revealing Adams's most intimate political thoughts across six decades.

Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady

October 10, 2016
Quinn, Susan, 1940- author.
©2016
404 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
UNEXPECTED LOVE -- Beginning to trust -- Eleanor according to Hick -- Je t'aime et je t'adore -- Lorena -- Eleanor -- Getaway -- BECOMING A TEAM -- Partnership -- La Presidenta and the newshawk -- Getting away with it -- Now or never -- Blowing off -- Looking for a home -- TOGETHER AND APART -- Trading jobs -- This place! -- Time tears on -- THE WORLD AT WAR -- Afraid no more -- A better politician than her husband -- In residence -- In it, up to the neck -- Risking everything -- A fight for love and glory -- Winning with the women -- There is only one President -- The greatest catastrophe for the world -- STARTING OVER -- Sliding on marble floors -- The opinion of mankind -- A new way to be useful -- Living on.
"In 1933, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life--now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years, until Eleanor's death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship: They were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. They couldn't have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation's most powerful political families and was introduced to society as a debutante before marrying her distant cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after escaping an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the two fell in love. For the next thirteen years, Hick had her own room at the White House, next to the First Lady's. These fiercely compassionate women inspired each other to right the wrongs of the turbulent era in which they lived. During the Depression, Hick reported from the nation's poorest areas for the WPA, and Eleanor used these reports to lobby her husband for New Deal programs. Hick encouraged Eleanor to turn their frequent letters into her popular and long-lasting syndicated column 'My Day,' and to befriend the female journalists who became her champions. When Eleanor's tenure as First Lady ended with FDR's death, Hick urged her to continue to use her popularity for important causes--advice Eleanor took by leading the UN's postwar Human Rights Commission. At every turn, the bond between these two women was grounded in their determination to better their troubled world. Deeply researched and told with great warmth, Eleanor and Hick is a vivid portrait of love and a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the most consequential years in American history"--Publisher description.

The year of voting dangerously

October 6, 2016
Dowd, Maureen, author.
©2016
xxxi, 432 pages ; 24 cm
"Here's the beauty of me." -- Interlude : making America grate again (the quotable DJT, part 1) -- High rise of the short-fingered vulgarian (DJT from back in the day...) -- Interlude : the escalator down (the quotable DJT, part 2) -- Stacking the deck with the woman card -- Interlude : living history (one email at a time) -- Hillary's long trudge up--and on--the Hill : parodying an election beyond parody : SNL's Lorne Michaels and Kate Mckinnon dish on politcal humor -- Meanwhile on Planet Vulcan... -- Interlude by Kevin Dowd : Is Trump the hero or the enema? -- Gasping Old Party -- Interlude by Rita Beamish : the loathsome Trump -- Escape from Bushworld -- Interlude by Peggy Dowd : a life of voting dangerously -- Unconventional conventions.
A noted political columnist traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever, the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Trump or Clinton : how would Christ vote?

October 6, 2016
Jacobson, Timothy A., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2016]
261 pages ; 23 cm
"Christians bear primary responsibility for the moral decline of our nation... Politics is faith in action. Every Christian has a duty to vote as Christ would vote. Christians should vote according to principles and laws embodied in scripture, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights..."--Page [4] of cover.

Trump : a graphic biography

October 3, 2016
Rall, Ted, author, cartoonist.
New York ; Oakland : Seven Stories 2016.
192 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 18 cm

Man of the world : the further endeavors of Bill Clinton

September 30, 2016
Conason, Joe, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
486 pages ; 24 cm
"A veteran political journalist chronicles the post-presidential achievements and adventures of Bill Clinton, drawing on interviews with dozens of the former President's colleagues, friends, supporters and family members to examine his philanthropic work, the charges of corruption levied against him, and the ways he continues to inspire and infuriate the world."--NoveList.

Worst. President. Ever. : James Buchanan, the POTUS rating game, and the legacy of the least of the lesser presidents

September 28, 2016
Strauss, Robert, 1951- author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
xiv, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introducing the worst. President. Ever -- The Young Buck -- Up from Lancaster -- The man who would be president, again and again -- The election of 1856: the most consequential in American history -- The worst presidency begins -- The middle Buchanan presidency: hardly better -- Mr. Buchanan's War -- The legacy of the least of the lesser presidents.

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt

September 14, 2016
Lelyveld, Joseph, author.
©2016
399 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- His "enormous" heart -- Somewhere in the South -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The Great Tantalizer -- Commander in Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory -- In his wake.
"Untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced in tandem to their climax"--Dust jacket flap.

The gatekeeper : Missy LeHand, FDR, and the untold story of the partnership that defined a presidency

September 12, 2016
Smith, Kathryn, 1956- author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The daring flight to Chicago -- When Missy was Marguerite -- Scion of the Hudson Valley Roosevelts -- The Cuff Links Gang -- Adrift -- Warm Springs -- Don't you dare -- The Governor's girl Friday -- Running for President -- Nothing to fear -- Queen of the White House staff -- The Ambassador to Russia -- Woman of influence -- Mixing work and play -- Polio redux -- Hubris and hell -- Missy knows -- War -- Bitter victory -- Disaster -- The exiled queen -- Going home -- Missy's legacy.
"The first biography of arguably the most influential member of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration, Marguerite 'Missy' LeHand, FDR's de facto chief of staff, who has been misrepresented, mischaracterized, and overlooked throughout history ... until now"-- Provided by publisher.

Faustian bargains : Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the robber baron culture of Texas

September 12, 2016
Mellen, Joan, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xxiii, 359 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Texans -- A man of good character -- "He must be a real leader" -- Lyndon Johnson betrays Richard M. Kleberg and George Parr works his magic -- Senator Lyndon Johnson -- Mac Wallace goes to Washington under the auspices of Lyndon Johnson -- The killing of John Douglas Kinser -- Texas justice -- Two Faustian bargains :little Lyndon and Billie Sol -- Enter the Office of Naval Intelligence -- Some Faustian bargains come due : the falls of Billie Sol Estes and Bobby Baker -- Mac Wallace in California -- President Lyndon Johnson, Part I -- President Lyndon Johnson and the USS Liberty : Lyndon Johnson as President, Part II -- Downward spirals -- Billie Sol Estes creates an urban legend -- The fingerprint -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Evaluation and comparison of fingerprints.
"Perhaps no president has a more ambiguous reputation than LBJ. A brilliant tactician, he maneuvered colleagues and turned bills into law better than anyone. But he was trailed by a legacy of underhanded dealings, from his 'stolen' Senate election in 1948 to kickbacks he artfully concealed from deals engineered with Texas wheeler-dealer Billie Sol Estes and defense contractors like his longtime supporter Brown & Root. On the verge of investigation, Johnson was reprieved when he became president upon JFK's assassination. Among the remaining mysteries has been LBJ's relationship to Mac Wallace who, in 1951, shot a Texas man having an affair with LBJ's loose-cannon sister Josefa, also Wallace's lover. When arrested, Wallace coolly said 'I work for Johnson ... I need to get back to Washington.' Charged with murder, he was overnight defended by LBJ's powerful lawyer John Cofer, and though convicted, amazingly received a suspended sentence. He then got high-security clearance from LBJ friend and defense contractor D.H. Byrd, which the Office of Naval Intelligence tried to revoke for 11 years without success. Using crucial Life magazine and Naval Intelligence files and the unredacted FBI files on Mac Wallace, never before utilized by others, investigative writer Joan Mellen skillfully connects these two disparate Texas lives and lends stark credence to the dark side of Lyndon Johnson that has largely gone unsubstantiated"-- Provided by publisher.

George Washington's farewell address

September 8, 2016
Hargrove, Julia.
Carthage, Ill. : Teaching & Learning Co., ©2000.
iv, 48 pages : illustrations, map ; 28 cm.
"TLC10221"--Cover.

Five days in Philadelphia : the amazing "We want Wilkie!" convention of 1940 and how it freed FDR to save the Western World

September 8, 2016
Peters, Charles, 1926-
New York : Public Affairs, ©2005.
x, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
1: Danger looms -- "World of tomorrow" -- "A stunning combination of intellect and homely warmth" -- The hurricane of events -- 2: The greatest convention -- "Just the next president of the United States" -- Monday, June 24, 1940 -- Tuesday, June 25, 1940 -- Wednesday, June 26, 1940 -- Thursday, June 27, 1940 -- Friday, June 28, 1940 -- 3: "Saving freedom at a moment of great peril" -- "I still don't want to run" -- "The convention is bleeding to death" -- The deal and the muster -- "Sail on O ship of state!"
There were four strong contenders when the Republican Party met in June of 1940 to nominate its candidate: the crusading young attorney and rising Republican star Tom Dewey, two solid members of the Republican establishment, and dark horse Wendell Willkie, utilities executive, favorite of the literati and only very recently even a Republican. The leading candidates campaigned as isolationists. The charismatic newcomer Willkie was a liberal interventionist, just as anti-Hitler as FDR. After five days of floor rallies, telegrams from across the country, multiple ballots, rousing speeches, backroom deals, terrifying international news, and, most of all, the relentless chanting of "We Want Willkie" from the gallery, Willkie walked away with the nomination. As Peters shows, these five days and their improbable outcome were as important as the Battle of Britain in defeating the Nazis.--From publisher description.

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