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The Idealist

Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World

by Samuel Zipp

"The Idealist is a powerful book, gorgeously written and consistently insightful. Samuel Zipp uses the 1942 world tour of Wendell Willkie to examine American attitudes toward internationalism, decolonization, and race in the febrile atmosphere of the world's first truly global conflict."--Andrew Preston, author of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Fai...
Publish Date
2020
March 9
Goodreads rating
3
ISBN
9780674737518
Tags
united-statesbiographypoliticshistory
Recommendations
1
Recommendations
Mar 03, 2020
Who cares about Wendell Willkie? I received this review copy determined not to read it, but of course I could not help but crack open the cover and sample a few pages, and then I was hooked. The first thirty pages alone had excellent discussions of early aviation (Willkie was an aviation pioneer of sorts with a cross-world flight), Midwestern family and achievement culture of the time, and the rise of the United States.     source