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The Resource The improbable Wendell Willkie : the businessman who saved the Republican Party and his country, and conceived a new world order, David Levering Lewis

The improbable Wendell Willkie : the businessman who saved the Republican Party and his country, and conceived a new world order, David Levering Lewis

Label
The improbable Wendell Willkie : the businessman who saved the Republican Party and his country, and conceived a new world order
Title
The improbable Wendell Willkie
Title remainder
the businessman who saved the Republican Party and his country, and conceived a new world order
Statement of responsibility
David Levering Lewis
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Presents the story of the 1940s Wall Street attorney and presidential candidate to explore his advocacy of civil rights, promotion of America's involvement in international politics, and enduring legacy
  • "In the wake of one of the most tumultuous Republican conventions ever, the party of Lincoln nominated in 1940 a prominent businessman and former Democrat who could have saved America's sclerotic political system. Although Wendell Lewis Willkie would lose to FDR, acclaimed biographer David Levering Lewis demonstrates that the corporate chairman-turned-presidential candidate must be regarded as one of the most exciting, intellectually able, and authentically transformational figures to stride the twentieth-century American political landscape. Born in Elwood, Indiana, in 1892, Willkie was certainly one of the most unexpected, if not unlikely candidates for the presidency, only somewhat less unlikely than Barack Hussein Obama. Although previously marginalized by journalists like Theodore H. White and David Halberstam as a political invention of rich newspaper publishers, the Willkie who emerges here is a man governed by principles who seldom allowed rigid categories to stand in his way. Even as a young man, he quickly distinguished himself as a reform-minded lawyer, whose farm-boy haircut, hayseed manners, and sartorial indifference bespoke common-man straightforwardness but concealed an ambition that propelled him at forty to chairman of Commonwealth & Southern, the country's third largest private utility holding company. It was Willkie's vehement opposition to government regulation of the free-market economy and his success in wrenching a fabulous monetary settlement from the Tennessee Valley Authority that attracted the attention of Republican leaders, who, like Willkie, felt that FDR was turning the office into an imperial presidency. Successful at outwitting the isolationist wing of his own party, Willkie took on Roosevelt during one of the nation's darkest periods, creating an unlikely alliance of supporters, including anti-big-government business leaders and black voters, who rightly felt excluded from New Deal benefits. Despite receiving the largest percentage of Republican votes in a generation, Willkie lost but, in the process, proposed sweeping civil rights reform a full generation before the civil rights era and a progressive "new conception of the world" that remains inspirational at a time when our own national belief system has become alarmingly immoral and rudderless. Rather than continue a political battle that could have weakened the nation during its darkest hour, a defeated Willkie reconciled with the president and embraced the war effort, while writing One World, a visionary credo that hoped to instigate an international movement for the betterment of the world's people. In rejecting America's penchant for exceptionalism, Willkie championed this internationalism more passionately than any American politician before him, creating a sovereign philosophy of liberalism that balanced free enterprise with social responsibility. His untimely death at fifty-two in 1944 left this prophetic vision tragically stillborn. Painstakingly researched and vibrantly recounted, [this book] reclaims the legacy of an American icon. "--Dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lewis, David Levering
Dewey number
  • 324.2092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E748.W7
LC item number
L48 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Willkie, Wendell L.
  • Politicians
  • Presidential candidates
  • United States
Label
The improbable Wendell Willkie : the businessman who saved the Republican Party and his country, and conceived a new world order, David Levering Lewis
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Elwood, August 17, 1940 -- "Grass-roots stuff" -- Puerto Rico to Commonwealth & Southern -- Willkie v. FDR: the politics of business, the business of politics -- 1940: political science and serendipity -- The Philadelphia story -- Saving the GOP to save freedom -- Pas de deux: Willkie and Roosevelt -- Exceptionalism at work -- One world or nothing -- 1944--not this time
Control code
ocn988282562
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780871404572
Lccn
2018013302
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780871404572
  • (OCoLC)988282562
Label
The improbable Wendell Willkie : the businessman who saved the Republican Party and his country, and conceived a new world order, David Levering Lewis
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Elwood, August 17, 1940 -- "Grass-roots stuff" -- Puerto Rico to Commonwealth & Southern -- Willkie v. FDR: the politics of business, the business of politics -- 1940: political science and serendipity -- The Philadelphia story -- Saving the GOP to save freedom -- Pas de deux: Willkie and Roosevelt -- Exceptionalism at work -- One world or nothing -- 1944--not this time
Control code
ocn988282562
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780871404572
Lccn
2018013302
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780871404572
  • (OCoLC)988282562

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