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The facts and ideas that go into a book come from innumerable sources, and behind the sources stand people: the men and women who have been interviewed or who have chatted with the author, who have written letters and supplied printed and documentary materials, and who have commented on portions of the manuscript. In the present instance the most important and generous contributor was the book's subject, Alfred Mossman Landon, who did all of these things unstintingly. It has been my good fortune to know Alf Landon personally, and I doubt that any biographer could have had a more cooperative subject. I am deeply indebted to him, not only for granting me full access to his papers but for a hundred hours of interviews during which he discussed himself with the utmost candor and straightforwardness.

I am also indebted to many others. I am grateful for the help of manuscript curators, archivists, and librarians, such as Nyle Miller, Edgar Langsdorf, and Robert Richmond at the Kansas State Historical Society; George Caldwell and Laura Neiswanger at the University of Kansas; Herman Kahn, Robert Jacoby, and George Roach at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library; David Mearns and Joseph Vance at the Library of Congress; Jane Smith at the National Archives; and John Russell and Margaret Butterfield at the University of Rochester. For information and insights about Landon, Kansas, Republicanism, and the New Deal, I am thankful to scores of people, particularly George Anderson, John D. M. Hamilton, Karl Lamb, James Malin, Roy Roberts, Ralph Robey, Richard Ruetten, and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. I benefited greatly from readings of drafts of the manuscript by George Lobdell of Ohio University, George Mayer of Purdue University, and Elmo Richardson of Washington State University. LANDON OF KANSAS probably would have been a better book had I

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Chapter 1 Beginnings 3
  • Chapter 2 Getting Down to Business 20
  • Chapter 3 State Chairman 47
  • Chapter 4 Oil and Politics Mix 67
  • Chapter 5 from Oil Rebel to Governor 91
  • Chapter 6 the Governor in Action 118
  • Chapter 7 Affairs of State 150
  • Chapter 8 a Second Term 181
  • Chapter 9 a Long Shot 208
  • Chapter 10 a Candidate for Sure 234
  • Chapter 11 the Early Campaign 262
  • Chapter 12 Full-Time Candidate 291
  • Chapter 13 Sunflowers Do Not Bloom in November 313
  • Chapter 14 from Under the Wreckage 340
  • Chapter 15 Titular Head 353
  • Chapter 16 a Practical Liberal? 381
  • Chapter 17 Days of World Crisis 407
  • Chapter 18 Politics in Time of Peril--1940 423
  • Chapter 19 Road to War 454
  • Chapter 20 Political Opponent in Time of War 480
  • Chapter 21 the Postwar World 513
  • Chapter 22 Ten Years Down on the Farm 542
  • Chapter 23 Elder Statesman 560
  • Bibliographical Note 583
  • Achnowledgments 586
  • Index 589
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