Uniting America: How FDR and Henry Stimson Brought Democrats and Republicans Together to Win World War II
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"In a time when our politics has become more polarized than ever, how refreshing to revisit an era when a Democratic president forged a pact with leading Republicans to defend democracy in a moment of extreme peril. With lucid writing and deep archival research, Peter Shinkle brilliantly reconstructs what he convincingly argues may have been the greatest bipartisan alliance in our nation's history."
--Michael Isikoff, coauthor of Russian Roulette
"Once upon a time, when it really mattered, America was led by statesmen who could rise above partisanship. Peter Shinkle has given us a very readable, at times moving account of two men who led America--and the free world--through its darkest hour."
--Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff and co-author of The Wise Men
"An elegant and timely book that showcases a remarkable collaboration...[Shinkle] illuminates a memorable example of how history can offer lessons for today."
--Susan Eisenhower, author of How Ike Led
"Shinkle sheds light on a critical time in history when both parties united behind their president to fight the evil forces of Hitler's fascism. My hope as an American first, and Republican second, is that we will come together anew to solve the significant problems facing our country and the world."
--William Webster, former federal judge, former director of the CIA and the FBI
"Franklin Roosevelt valued Henry Stimson as a competent administrator and straight-talking adviser, but also as a symbol of national unity during wartime...In this meticulously researched and trenchantly argued book, Shinkle sheds fresh light on an impactful partnership."
--Michael Birkner, professor of history at Gettysburg College, author of The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens
Stuffed with detail yet fluidly written, this is an expert study of wartime politics and the value of bipartisanship.
Shinkle seamlessly combines the account of the FDR, Stimson, and Knox partnership with a rich narrative of triumphs and setbacks at home and on the battlefield...Recent wartime histories go beyond battles; Shinkle takes this trend to the next level in this fresh and politically relevant history.