America First: The Battle Against Intervention; 1940-41, by Wayne S. Cole
This book, the first full-length study of the America First Committee, describes events that took place only a dozen years ago, and in the full blaze of publicity. Yet they read here as if they might have taken place a half century ago. It is amazing how many of the figures who played so important a role in those days are gone; not only Roosevelt and Hopkins and Ickes, but Senators Nye, Wheeler, Borah, and Robert La Follette, Jr., General Hugh Johnson and William Allen White. And of those who remain, how many are now at fiercest odds with their old positions: Chester A. Bowles was a member of the national committee of America First; William Benton, then a vice-president of the University of Chicago, gave advice to R. Douglas Stuart, Jr., its youthful founder; Philip A. Jessup sponsored America First chapters.
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