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Roosevelt's Second Act

The Election Of 1940 And The Politics Of War

By Richard Moe

"In Roosevelt's Second Act Richard Moe has shown in superb fashion that what might seem to have been an inevitable decision of comparatively little interest was far from it."
--David McCullough
On August 31, 1939, nearing the end of his second and presumably final term in office, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was working in the Oval Office and contemplating construction of his presidential library and planning retirement. The next day German tanks had crossed the Polish border; Britain and France had declared war. Overnight the world had changed, and FDR found himself being forced to consider a dramatically different set of circumstances.
In Roosevelt's Second Act, Richard Moe focuses on a turning point in American political history: FDR's decision to seek a third term. Often overlooked between the passage and implementation of the New Deal and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, that decision was far from inevitable. As the election loomed, he refused to comment, confiding in no one, scrambling the politics of his own party; but after the Republicans surprisingly nominated Wendell Willkie in July 1940, FDR became convinced that no other Democrat could both maintain the legitimacy of the New Deal and mobilize the nation for war. With Hitler on the verge of conquering Europe, Roosevelt, still hedging, began to maneuver his way to the center of the political stage.
Moe offers a brilliant depiction of the duality that was FDR: the bold, perceptive, prescient and moral statesman who set lofty and principled goals, and the sometimes cautious, ambitious, arrogant and manipulative politician in pursuit of them. Immersive, insightful and written with an inside understanding of the presidency, this book challenges and illuminates our understanding of FDR and this pivotal moment in American history.

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2013

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9780199981915


Format: Book
Author: Moe, Richard
Title: Roosevelt's second act : the election of 1940 and the politics of war / Richard Moe.
Publisher Date: New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Subject: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1940 Presidents -- Term of office -- United States. World War, 1939-1945 -- United States United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945 United States -- Foreign relations -- 1933-1945
Isbn: 9780199981915 0199981914
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Format: Book
Author: Moe, Richard
Title: Roosevelt's second act : the election of 1940 and the politics of war / Richard Moe.
Publisher, Date: New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Description: xvi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm.
Series: Pivotal moments in American history
Series: Pivotal moments in American history
Subjects: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Subjects: Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1940
Subjects: Presidents -- Term of office -- United States.
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
Subjects: United States -- Foreign relations -- 1933-1945
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Introduction: History repeating itself -- Shifting gears -- A laying on of hands -- Methods short of war -- Redefining neutrality -- The sphinx -- A year of consequence -- A hurricane of events -- The republicans appear on stage -- FDR decides -- Preparing for the big show -- Chicago: Following the script -- Chicago: Unscripted -- Drafts and destroyers -- The politics of war -- To the finish line -- Epilogue: The mandate.
LCCN: 2013004529
ISBN: 9780199981915
ISBN: 0199981914
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Call Number: 973.91709 Moe