We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg
The authors combine selected prison letters of their parents with their own recollections and commentary, reviewing the pre-execution years and their lives since
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good Read - Weak thesis The story of Wendell Wilkie and how he became the 1940 Republican candidate for President as FDR ran for an unprecedented third term is not on told often and mores the pity, really. It was an interesting time, one that author Charles Peters relates to us in an easy to read conversational manner. His folksy style causes one to imagine himself listening to a favorite next door neighbor or kindly grandfather tell an engrossing tale of yesteryear. The story of one of the last consequential Party conventions in US history is an interesting tale but, unfortunately, I found author Peters not wholly up to the task. Folksy manner aside, he did not present a solidly convincing argument to support his thesis. Perhaps I am too used to more ponderous historical tomes but Peters' more journalistic and colloquial style just didn't satisfy. This quick reading book does not seem to have much original scholarship. Most of the footnotes reveal the story to be gleaned from contemporary media accounts and secondary sources, but it certainly gives the reader a feel for how the country felt on the eve of the US entry into World War II. Peters also convincingly shows how out of touch the Republican Party of 1939-40 was with the fast as lightning, world shaking events that were occurring on a daily basis and how out of touch they were with many Americans. He also shows how Wilkie was just as much a media creation as a solid, grass roots candidate. The author suffers from such hero worship of FDR, however, that he seems oblivious to the warts of the Roosevelt administration even as he relates them. Peters acts as if the many missteps, such as FDR's ridiculous court packing scheme, and failed New Deal programs as well as the stagnation of the national economy that FDR caused was unimportant or even somehow quaintly endearing. For instance, on page 44 Peters glows about how much more "generous" FDR's US aid to France was in the early days of the war as Germany was pressing down on beleaguered French forces than was England's. To Peters' credit, he does mention that FDR had an ocean to protect him and the US from German aggression whereas the English had but the channel to serve them, though. Peters even seems to make the assumption that no other president or presidential candidate could possibly have been up to the task of managing WWII from the US perspective. I would disagree in light of the mash FDR made with his dealings with the Russians as "allies" among other things. I suppose Peters can be excused for this blind hero worship as it is quite common in jouranalism circles. At one point he even praised FDR imagining him so all knowing that he "could now count on support for his foreign policy from the Republican nominee" once Wilkie was given the GOP nod. Apparently FDR could read the future as far as Peters is concerned. Even the cover of the dust jacket seems geared to prove that FDR was the "best man" for the job as it portrays a smiling FDR in front of a bevy of microphones in nearly full face view, but a harried looking Wilkie looking way off to the left. Not that Peters chose the cover art, but it is indicative of FDR hero worship, none-the-less. Also, author Peters is so caught up with modern Democratic Party loyalty he even seems bemused that blacks might have wished to vote Republican in 1940 saying in an offhanded way that the GOP was "still enough the party of Lincoln" to attract some black votes. Even though the GOP fought the Klan and had a strong pro black plank right in its convention platform in 1940. And even though FDR never showed a single interest in American blacks or their plight. Ignoring even his wife's urging, FRD assisted the Unions to exclude black workers from Union jobs and ignored blacks being systematically kept from voting in the south by poll taxes and Jim Crow laws. Roosevelt stuck to his decision to ignore all civil rights issues altogether throughout his four terms in office. Despite Peters' apparent bemusement at blacks voting Republican, no Democrat had given them much reason...
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Although the evidence remains disputed, it appears that the Rosenberg's were spies, but not atomic spies. Was the death penalty really called for in this case? They did not get a fair trial. Even Roy ...
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