Product Description The spellbinding story of the Roosevelt-Willkie election season, when bitterly dividedÂ Americans debated the fate of the nation and the world In 1940, against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, two farsighted candidates for the U.S. presidencyâDemocrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for an unprecedented third term, and talented Republican businessman Wendell Willkieâfound themselves on the defensive against American isolationists and their charismatic spokesman Charles Lindbergh, who called for surrender to Hitler's demands. In this dramatic account of that turbulent and consequential election, historian Susan Dunn brings to life the debates, the high-powered players, and the dawning awareness of the Nazi threat as the presidential candidates engaged in their own battle for supremacy. Â 1940 not only explores the contest between FDR and Willkie but also examines the key preparations for war that went forward, even in the midst of that divisive election season. The book tells an inspiring story of the triumph of American democracy in a world reeling from fascist barbarism, and it offers a compelling alternative scenario to todayâs hyperpartisan political arena, where common ground seems unattainable. Review "Susan Dunn's gripping book shows us that the further we get from 1940, the more obvious it is that this moment was a turning point for Western civilization. Â With fresh research and original insights, Dunn allows us to watch and assess such figures as FDR, Hitler and Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, Wendell Willkie, Henry Wallace, Joseph Kennedy and others as they play out their roles, large and small, in the horrifying, onrushing drama. Â Anyone today who believes that U.S. involvement and the ultimate Allied triumph in World War II was inevitable must read this important history."âMichael Beschloss, New York Times bestselling author of Presidential Courage "Susan Dunn, a prolific and outstanding historian, has crafted a fast-paced, serious, and extraordinarily well-researched book about the events surrounding the pivotal 1940 election. Her main charactersâFDR, Wendell Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitlerâcome brilliantly to life.Â I could hardly put the book down." âJames T. Patterson, author of Bancroft Prize-winning Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974Â Book Description This spellbinding story of the Roosevelt-Willkie election season explores the deep divisions in the United States on the eve of World War II, the pull of Lindbergh's staunch isolationism, and the courageous candidates and politicians who forged crucial agreements across the aisle. About the Author Susan Dunn is the Third Century Professor of Humanities at Williams College. She is the author of a dozen books, including The Three Roosevelts, cowritten with James MacGregor Burns, and Rooseveltâs Purge, winner of the Henry Adams Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. She lives in Williamstown, MA.