Final Victory: FDR's Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign

Final Victory: FDR's Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign

by Stanley Weintraub

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When the wartime 1944 presidential election campaign geared up late that spring, Franklin D. Roosevelt had already occupied the White House years longer than any other president. Sensing likely weakness, the Republicans mounted an energetic and expensive campaign, hitting hard at FDR's liberal domestic policies and the war's ongoing cost. Despite gravely deteriorating health, FDR and his feisty running mate, the unexpected Harry Truman, campaigned vigorously against young governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York and old-line Ohio governor John Bricker. Roosevelt's charm and wit, as well as the military successes in Europe and the Pacific, contributed to his sweeping electoral victory. But the hard-fought campaign would soon take its toll on America's only four-term president.

Preeminent historian and biographer Stanley Weintraub recaptures FDR's striking “last campaign” and the year's momentous events, from the rainy city streets where Roosevelt, his legs paralyzed by polio since 1922, rode in an open car, to the battlefronts where the commander-in-chief's forces were closing in on Hitler and Hirohito. The tale is unforgettable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306821127
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Stanley Weintraub is an award-winning author of notable histories and biographies, including the bestselling books on wartime Christmas seasons Pearl Harbor Christmas and Silent Night. A National Book Award finalist and Guggenheim Fellow, he earned a Bronze Star as a young officer in the Korean War. He lives in Newark, Delaware.

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Publishers Weekly, 3/26/12
“Weintraub paints a vivid portrait of the public mood and of FDR literally willing himself to victory with a relatively unknown running mate, Harry Truman…Historically satisfying, bringing the events to life with telling anecdotes, Weintraub’s book portrays a political icon determined to make his mark on America and the world in the twilight of his life.”

Kirkus Reviews, 5/15/12
“In this well-researched, engaging history, Weintraub effectively brings the players to life, portraying the public and private faces of the witty, indomitable FDR and his opponent, the stiff, humorless New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey…Weintraub shows how Roosevelt, despite his illness, was still a force to be reckoned with…A well-drawn political history of FDR’s last days.” Unshelved Book Club, 5/4/12
“[A] satisfyingly gossipy history of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s campaign for an unprecedented fourth term.”
WWII History
, July 2012
“[An] engrossing work dealing with the only American president to serve more than two terms.”

Milwaukee Shepherd-Express, 7/3/12
“[A] well-researched and entertaining voyage through that long-ago, unprecedented campaign.”

Milwaukee Sunday Journal Sentinel, 7/9/12
“Briskly written…Weintraub does a great job turning what could be a predictable subject (we know how it turns out, after all) into a page-turner. And he shows some interesting same-as-it-ever-was parallels to today.”
Hudson Valley News
, 7/18/12
“Weintraub has brought it all back…This book reads like a novel. Whether or not you remember those days, they will come to life for you while reading this book.”, 7/26/12“[Weintraub] is certainly aware of ways in which the 1944 election has resonance with later ones…Weintraub does a good job of using primary sources and of humanizing grand events of the day.”, August 2012”A fascinating visit to the past."

Reference & Research Book News, August 2012“[Weintraub] employs an anecdotal/narrative sort of approach to the topic, offering a snapshot of the political mood and contexts of the country at a time of war as much as he considers the specifics of Roosevelt's decisions and activities as he campaigned with the relatively unknown Harry Truman.”

Library Journal, 8/10/12“Enjoyable and readable. Weintraub knows the literature and how to hold a reader’s attention. Political junkies will especially enjoy it during this electoral season.”
Roanoke Times, 8/12/12“An in-depth account of the election of 1944…Some readers might see an eerie similarity between the 1944 campaign and the 2012 campaign.”
Lowell Sun, 8/5/12“[A] great summer read for both lovers of politics as well as history buffs.”

Times-Dispatch, 8/19/12“Offers a detailed look at the 1944 race and contains details that even the most inveterate reader of FDR books will find fresh…A penetrating look at a seminal campaign and an intriguing view of American history, Final Victory examines, with scholarship and sense, a unique moment in politics and a fascinating look at some of the major political and military figures of the Second World War. Weintraub…again demonstrates his skill at examining the republic in moments of crisis.”
Asbury Park
Press, 8/19/12“Weintraub does a masterful job of delivering some knockout punches to the reader early on…He captures the essence of FDR…Compelling reading…A rollicking tale of politics, much of which will resonate with followers of the current presidential election.”
Politics and Patriotism blog, 8/21/12
“An enlightening look at Presidential politics near the end of the Second World War. Today’s commentators and behind-the-scenes candidate handlers would be well advised to read this before we go to vote in November…Final Victory is a carefully considered documentation of Roosevelt’s iron resolve, and the lure of political power.”

ForeWord Reviews, Fall 2012“Riveting reading…Readers drawn to compelling stories about American politics will find Final Victory a rewarding and highly informative book.”
Washington Independent Review of Books
, 9/4/12
“[Weintraub] is no ordinary storyteller…Weintraub skillfully and seamlessly weaves together his varied sources to tell a fabulous tale…Weintraub brings to life the long-forgotten time of train campaigning. From the candidates’ railroad cars to the campaign stops, he makes the reader want to jump on the rail with the candidates and tour the country…[The] narrative is so strong you will think you are there, the hallmark of a great history book. So mute the TV, pause the pundits and get caught up in a truly extraordinary campaign, the election of 1944.”, 8/30/12“Though we all know the end results, Weintraub has a professionally smooth style that makes for delightfully easy reading…Read it if you’re a big Roosevelt or World War II fan.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/7/12“A vivid, comprehensive portrait not only of Roosevelt’s 1944 election run, but of te American political landscape of the time…Final Victory is filled with the ferocious back-and-forth battles of any hotly run political race—especially a wartime, presidential one. And Weintraub does an amazing job of digging up all the details of this exceptional campaign. But what really propels the book are the colorful, telling stories and anecdotes…Well-written and filled with fascinating information, Final Victory wonderfully captures a pivotal moment in America’s history.”,9/27/12
“Winning [Roosevelt’s] fourth term in 1944 was by no means a cakewalk. Stanley Weintraub tells the tale with all the drama and suspense of a thriller.”

Choice, December 2012“An engrossing tale with plenty of drama…[Weintraub is] a gifted historian and a fine storyteller…Weintraub writes in a way that is accessible to the layman, yet thorough and valuable for professionals…Highly recommended.”

Baton Rouge Advocate
, 12/2/12

“With all its quirky and quotable passages, Final Victory remains a carefully drawn and highly engaging narrative of a moment in our history when the end of war was in sight and Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives ready for reassessment…You may think you’ve had enough of electioneering this year, but Final Victory is a brisk, rewarding read. It’s the story of a battle for the public’s confidence that does not seem at all old.”

Naval Institute Proceedings, December 2012“The fascinating story of FDR’s last campaign for office…An informative look at the history of this wartime presidential campaign. It also serves as a reminder that however much some things in U.S. politics seem to change, others remain the same.”

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