♥ Book Title : FDR's Quiet Confidant
☯ Full Synopsis : "Frank C. Walker was widely considered to be Franklin Roosevelt's most trusted and important aide. From 1933, after Walker played an instrumental role in his election, until Roosevelt's death in 1945, Walker held a variety of posts in the Roosevelt administration: co-ordinating secretary for the newly created New Deal agencies, Postmaster General during the war years, as well as national chairman of the Democratic Party. A quiet, self-effacing and deeply religious man, Walker was raised in the rough western mining town of Butte, Montana. His modest efficiency stood out among the often clashing egos involved in the New Deal and wartime administration and led Roosevelt to confide in Walker a great deal. A Keen observer of people and events throughout his life, Walker in his autobiography provides an intimate insider's view of Roosevelt. Despite his closeness and loyalty to the president, he held private reservations about his chief. Edited and with an introduction by historian Robert Ferrell, FDR's Quiet Confident is an extraordinarily well-written and thoughtful work that gives a fascinating portrait of a volatile time in American political history and will be of much interest to political scientists, and others concerned with America's recent past."Article| Frank C. Walker| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : A Conspiracy of Silence
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book reads like a detective story in its pursuit of information concerning a conspiracy associated with the physical condition of FDR and its subsequent effect on the country at that time and into the present. A search for this information led to knowledge concerning the political manipulations surrounding the nomination of Harry S. Truman for the vice presidency in 1944. Details are presented as to how close Truman came to losing this nomination. A recently discovered secret memo now shows that FDR was aware of his deteriorating physical condition that impacted the importance of Truman’s vice presidential nomination. It was Truman’s belief that FDR personally chose him for this position, but he was led to believe that he was not FDR’s choice but became the vice president because of political chicanery. Truman tried unsuccessfully at a later date to disprove this belief. The book contains a host of new information regarding FDR and gives further evidence that FDR was well aware of the impending attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor in 1941."Article| Harry S. Goldsmith M.D.| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Secrets of Victory
☯ Full Synopsis : "During World War II, the civilian Office of Censorship supervised a huge and surprisingly successful program of news management: the voluntary self-censorship of the American press. In January 1942, censorship codebooks were distributed to all American newspapers, magazines, and radio stations with the request that journalists adhere to the guidelines within. Remarkably, over the course of the war no print journalist, and only one radio journalist, ever deliberately violated the censorship code after having been made aware of it and understanding its intent. Secrets of Victory examines the World War II censorship program and analyzes the reasons for its success. Using archival sources, including the Office of Censorship's own records, Michael Sweeney traces the development of news media censorship from a pressing necessity after the attack on Pearl Harbor to the centralized yet efficient bureaucracy that persuaded thousands of journalists to censor themselves for the sake of national security. At the heart of this often dramatic story is the Office of Censorship's director Byron Price. A former reporter himself, Price relied on cooperation with--rather than coercion of--American journalists in his fight to safeguard the nation's secrets."Article| Michael S. Sweeney| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book is a history of the civil liberties records of American presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama. It examines the full range of civil liberties issues: First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, press, and assembly; due process; equal protection, including racial justice, women's rights, and lesbian and gay rights; privacy rights, including reproductive freedom; and national security issues. The book argues that presidents have not protected or advanced civil liberties, and that several have perpetrated some of worst violations. Some Democratic presidents (Wilson and Roosevelt), moreover, have violated civil liberties as badly as some Republican presidents (Nixon and Bush). This is the first book to examine the full civil liberties records of each president (thus, placing a president's record on civil rights with his record on national security issues), and also to compare the performance on particular issues of all the presidents covered."Article| Samuel Walker| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Calvin Coolidge and the Coolidge era
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♥ Book Title : Building New Deal Liberalism
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♥ Book Title : Harry S. Truman and the Cold War Revisionists
☯ Full Synopsis : "The idea of revising what is known of the past constitutes an essential procedure in historical scholarship, but revisionists are often hasty and argumentative in their judgments. Such, argues Robert H. Ferrell, has been the case with assessments of the presidency of Harry S. Truman, who was targeted by historians and political scientists in the 1960s and ’70s for numerous failings in both domestic and foreign policy, including launching the cold war—perceptions that persist to the present day. Widely acknowledged as today’s foremost Truman scholar, Ferrell turns the tables on the revisionists in this collection of classic essays. He goes below the surface appearances of history to examine how situations actually developed and how Truman performed sensibly—even courageously—in the face of unforeseen crises. While some revisionists see Truman as consumed by a blind hatred of the Soviet Union and adopting an unrestrainedly militant stance, Ferrell convincingly shows that Truman wished to get along with the Soviets and was often bewildered by their actions. He interprets policies such as the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and support for NATO as prudent responses to perceived threats and credits the Truman administration for the ways in which it dealt with unprecedented problems. What emerges most vividly from Ferrell’s essays is a sense of how weak a hand the United States held from 1945 to1950, with its conventional forces depleted by the return of veterans to civil pursuits after the war and with its capacity for delivery of nuclear weapons in a sorry state. He shows that Truman regarded the atomic bomb as a weapon of last resort, not an instrument of policy, and that he took America into a war in Korea for the good of the United States and its allies. Although Truman has been vindicated on many of these issues, there still remains a lingering controversy over the use of atomic weapons in Japan—a decision that Ferrell argues is understandable in light of what Truman faced at the start of his presidency. Ferrell argues that the revisionists who attacked Truman understood neither the times nor the man—one of the most clearheaded, farsighted presidents ever to occupy the Oval Office. Harry S. Truman and the Cold War Revisionists shows us that Truman’s was indeed a remarkable presidency, as it cautions historians against too quickly appraising the very recent past."Article| Robert H. Ferrell| Statement ..."
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Every 3d issue is a quarterly cumulation."Article| no defined| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Choice
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♥ Book Title : American-made
☯ Full Synopsis : "A history of FDR's New Deal looks at the origins of the Works Progress Administration in the dark days of the Great Depression, examining the politics and development of the WPA from 1935 to 1943 and assessing the legacy of the controversial program."Article| Nick Taylor| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Examining the role of the United States in the international arena from the 1860s to the present, these essays in honor of Robert H. Ferrell consider presidents from Lincoln to Bush, as well as the success or failure of diplomatic efforts in Russia, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and elsewhere"--Provided by publisher."Article| John Garry Clifford| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Roosevelt's peacetime administrations, 1933-41
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book serves as an essential introduction to Roosevelt's domestic policy during his tenure from the struggles of the Depression to the outbreak of the Second World War. Incorporating archival discoveries at the Roosevelt Presidential Library, this documentary collection focuses on the debates and controversies surrounding the implementation and practice of New Deal policies. It highlights the meanings, flaws and outcomes of Roosevelt's attempts to refashion American society. With an extensive introduction, the book reproduces extracts from a variety of sources including Government records, public addresses and speeches and the private papers of Roosevelt and some of his closest associates."Article| George Henry Bennett| Statement ..."