CHAPTER 21
The Postwar World

As victory over the Axis became a certainty, Landon turned his attention completely to the problems that peace would bring. America's increasing belief, as he saw it, that the ends justify the means--and the fuzziness about the ends--did not bode well for the future. For one thing, the Kansan worried about influence-peddling in Washington, through which fortunes had been made during the war: with the result that the "money-changers haven't been driven from the temple--a new crowd has simply been brought in." He thought that favoritism and corruption would become even worse after the war, and that the only way to stop it was to diffuse "responsibility among labor, capital, and government. Concentration of power as with concentration of wealth must be prevented."1

Landon was also concerned with the disorder and suffering that afflicted Europe, and with Russia's efforts to set up puppet states in eastern Europe. Because the United States was giving "the hush-hush, everything is hunky-dory treatment" to world affairs, he feared the nation would be unprepared for its postwar problems. He could hope that America would act to become the world's economic mooring post, and the nations meeting in San Francisco to establish a new world

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Landon to Raymond Moley, December 8, 1944, and Landon to Thomas E. Dewey, February 6, 1945, Alfred M. Landon Papers, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka.

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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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