Final Victory by Stanley Weintraub
FDR's Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign

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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.

 

About Stanley Weintraub

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Stanley Weintraub is a preeminent historian and an award-winning author of more than fifty highly acclaimed books of history and biography, including Pearl Harbor Christmas, Silent Night, 11 Days in December, Victoria, and Disraeli. He lives in Newark, Delaware.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Da Capo Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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He largely stayed away from exploiting Roosevelt’s illness during the campaign, although the Chicago Tribune warned that “a vote for Roosevelt is very likely to be a vote for [vice-presidential candidate Harry] Truman for President.” (Truman would in fact become president when Roosevelt died of a...

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Roosevelt, suffering from heart disease, was advised by his doctors not to run, but the popular politician looked forward to building a stronger nation based on his New Deal reforms while a younger Dewey decried an “old, tired, stubborn” administration allied, he said, with Communists.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

As the 2012 presidential election campaign enters the home stretch, the last thing Americans may want to do is steep themselves in the details of another presidential contest.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Weintraub works to make his larger-than-life characters — Roosevelt, Dewey, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Joseph Kennedy and many others — into real people, and he succeeds.

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The Roanoke Times

In “Final Victory,” Stanley Weintraub provides an in-depth account of the election of 1944 when Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office.

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A dying president, an untested second-in-command, a brash and self-righteous challenger—Stanley Weintraub’s Final Victory: FDR’s Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign comes front-loaded with enough dramatic material for a multivolume historical series.

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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 po...

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