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Awakening the spirit of America : FDR's war of words with Charles Lindbergh--and the battle to save democracy / Paul M. Sparrow.

Sparrow, Paul M., (author.).

A powerful new work of history that brings President Roosevelt, his allies, and his adversaries to life as he fought to transform America from an isolationist bystander into the world's first superpower. Franklin Roosevelt awoke at 2:50 a.m. on September 1, 1939 to the news that Germany had invaded Poland, signaling the start of World War II. The president had warned for years that Hitler's fascist regime posed an existential threat to democracy, but the American public remained stubbornly isolationist as fascist sympathizing groups, egged on by right wing media stars promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, plotted to overthrow the president. The situation was dire, and Roosevelt quickly found himself facing an unexpected adversary: Charles Lindbergh. Wildly popular, the famed aviator's youthful charm, plainspoken rhetoric, and media magnetism earned him a massive following as he led an aggressive attack on FDR's policies. Millions listened to Linberg's radio broadcasts and attended his rallies. Powerful individuals including William Randolph Hearst, Henry Ford, and members of Congress supported him. The German government provided secret funds to Lindbergh's Nazi followers as he led the radical America First Committee in an effort to prevent Roosevelt from aiding England's survival--and the world's. Awakening the Spirit of America brilliantly shows how Roosevelt overcame the forces aligned against him in a war against fascism. Paul Sparrow, former director of the FDR Presidential Library, reveals how FDR's triumph of leadership was by no means a foregone conclusion. Roosevelt's astute political maneuvers and persuasive use of language to preserve what he termed “the spirit of America” changed history and can still inspire today. Sparrow brings readers into the rooms where key decisions were made, focusing on the crucial role words, media, and propaganda played in the transformation of America into the protector of the free world. Awakening the Spirit of America provides a riveting, inside account of FDR's ultimate victory over pro-Nazi isolationists and provides vital insight into American history and an iconic president.

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  • ISBN: 9781639366675
  • ISBN: 1639366679
  • Physical Description: xv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-276) and index.
Subject: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974.
United States > Politics and government > 1933-1945.
Isolationism > United States > History > 20th century.
Fascism > United States > History > 20th century.
Public opinion > United States > History > 20th century.
Antisemitism > United States > History > 20th century.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Harbaugh-Thomas Library (Biglerville) 973.917 SPARROW (Text)
Endowment: Michael and Gail Pavlovich Named Endowment, 2024
35740636068421 New Nonfiction Checked Out 07/12/2024

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