Dark Horse: Biography of Wendell Wilkie (Paperback)Steve Neal (author)
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Almost overnight Willkie moved the Republican party out of its hidebound isolationism and sent a message to the world that Americans stood together against Axis aggression. Roosevelt, although recognizing Willkie as a formidable political opponent, called his nomination a "godsend" because it finally brought national unity.
Roosevelt's election to a third term--and Willkie's defeat--turned out to be the closest presidential race in a generation, and Willkie received more votes than any previous Republican candidate, setting a record that stood until Eisenhower's '52 landslide. And despite his defeat, Willkie grew in stature becoming Roosevelt's special envoy during World War II, first to London during the Blitz and later to the Middle East, to Russia, and to China. On the home front Willkie became the spokesman of the One World philosophy that influenced U.S. foreign policy for a generation and the conscience of American politics, speaking out against isolationism, imperialism, and the persecution of minorities.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 371
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
"Willkie's maverick but meteoric career is set forth crisply in this fast-moving, carefully documented biography."--Los Angeles Times
"A brisk and lucid account [that] vividly conveys that sense of the extraordinary in Willkie's 1940 Republican nomination, in the presidential campaign that followed, and in the service he gave to his country."--New York Times Book Review
"Dark Horse is not merely fine biography or history. More than that, it's a damned good yarn--well worth reading just for the fun of it."--Newsday
"A warm, readable biography that reminds us why so many people wanted Willkie."--American Heritage
"An engaging, thorough narrative of Willkie's life."--The New Republic
"Dark Horse is a superb book. I read it avidly. . . . There are a lot of lessons here for modern times."--President George Bush
"In this fascinating and detailed chronicle of Willkie's life, Steve Neal has captured the man as he was and as I remember him: his warmth, vitality, and appeal."--William L. Shirer
"A lovely portrait of one of the most vivid characters of recent times . . . a study not only of the man but of America and its problems in a time of change."--Theodore H. White
"A highly readable biography of one of the most colorful and significant figures of the Roosevelt era"--Frank Freidel
"Seldom is a nearly forgotten figure in American history brought to life again in such a burst of light and excitement as Steve Neal's Willkie. Willkie was the only Republican lion since Teddy Roosevelt, and his roars echo through this marvelous account."--Robert J. Donovan
"Necessary reading for anyone who would like to understand Willkie himself and, even more important, the tumultuous times during which he lived."--John S. D. Eisenhower
"Neal's sprightly prose is irresistible. A wonderful portrait of a Hoosier."--Robert H. Ferrell
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