The New Dealers' War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the War within World War II

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THE DYING CHAMPION

In the United States, the 1944 presidential election was churning toward a climax. The contest started out badly for the Democrats. On FDR's return from his Pacific trip, the president all but revealed he was a mortally ill man. At Bremerton, Washington, at the end of August, Roosevelt gave a speech reporting on his journey, which had included a stopover in the Aleutian Islands, now cleared of Japanese troops. FDR had written the speech without the aid of Sam Rosenman or Robert Sherwood; instead he had dictated most of it to a navy stenographer. It was a flabby, rambling affair.

Standing on the forecastle of a destroyer to accentuate his commander in chief role, FDR wore his braces for the first time in months. Because of his weight loss, they did not fit very well. The sloping deck and a high wind added to his instability. The crowd, mostly workers coming off a shift at the navy shipyard, stood on the shore and was obviously bored. In the middle of the speech, Roosevelt experienced agonizing chest pains that radiated to

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Acknowledgments i
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - The Big Leak i
  • 2 - The Big Leaker 25
  • 3 - From Triumph to Trauma 49
  • 4 - The Great Dichotomy 92
  • 5 - Whose War Is It Anyway? 115
  • 6 - Some Neglected Chickens Come Home to Roost 135
  • 7 - In Search of Unconditional Purity 165
  • 8 - War War Leads to Jaw Jaw 189
  • 9 - Fall of a Prophet 214
  • 10 - What'd You Get, Black Boy? 231
  • 11 - Let My Cry Come Unto Thee 255
  • 12 - Red Star Rising 281
  • 13 - Shaking Hands with Murder 305
  • 14 - Goddamning Roosevelt and Other Pastimes 337
  • 15 - Democracy's Total War 366
  • 16 - Operation Stop Henry 390
  • 17 - Death and Transfiguration in Berlin 420
  • 18 - The Dying Champion 441
  • 19 - Lost Last Stands 473
  • 20 - A New President and an Old Policy 514
  • 21 - Ashes of Victory 548
  • Notes 563
  • Index 599
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