Five Days In Philadelphia: The Amazing "We Want Willkie!" Convention of 1940 and How It Freed FDR to Save the Western World
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It is a sparkling insight into the smoke-filled rooms where candidates were made and history was created.
A wealthy, liberal New York businessman who has never held political office seeks the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He is a man of loose morals who casually cheats on his spouse, and his affiliation with the Republican Party is only as old as his decision to run for president. The national press corps becomes fascinated with his campaign and gives him incalculably valuable free media. His more traditional rivals for the nominati ...more
Peters, author of How Washington Really Works, attended the 1940 Democratic convention as a boy, managed John F. Kennedy's 1960 primary in West Virginia's largest county, then moved to Washington, D.C., to help launch the Peace Corps and found The Washington Monthly. He delivers an inspirational book in our era of scripted political conventions devoid of drama and excitement. Readers of Philip Roth's novel The Plot Against America (**** Nov/Dec 2004), which offers a fictional look at that same c...more
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