Never Again: A President Runs for a Third Term

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CHAPTER SIX "We Want Willkie!"

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NOBODY READ THE NEWSPAPERS that Monday morning with more anxiety than Tom Dewey. "FRANCE YIELDS FLEET UNDER ARMISTICE, GIVES UP WEST COAST, HALF OF COUNTRY; BRITAIN AND PETAIN REGIME IN OPEN BREAK," announced The New York Times's banner headlines. Already conscious of the fact that Dewey had reached his high point in public-opinion polls in April, before the most recent tragic events in western Europe, J. Russel Sprague and his organization had the task of trying to prevent the latest developments from destroying their man's chances.

For Sam Pryor, as chairman of the Committee on Arrangements, an overt neutrality was necessary. He was wise enough, however, to realize that exploiting the gravity of the international situation would undermine the Dewey cause and help Willkie. Pryor's idea was to convey the feeling of a cathedral when the delegates entered Conven-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Prologue the Third Term Tradition 1
  • Chapter One - the Artful Dodger 7
  • Chapter Two - "The Stab in the Back" 23
  • Chapter Three - "The Darkest Horse in the Stable" 51
  • Chapter Four - "Life Begins in '40" 73
  • Chapter Five - Closing the Gap 103
  • Chapter Six - "We Want Willkie!" 127
  • Chapter Seven - the President Decides 163
  • Chapter Eight Shattering a Tradition 179
  • Chapter Nine "The Rich Man's Roosevelt" 197
  • Chapter Ten the Candidate Joins His Party 217
  • Chapter Eleven Political Speeches 237
  • Chapter Twelve the Third Term 259
  • Epilogue Never Again 281
  • Notes on Sources 290
  • Index 296
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