By Robert H. Ferrell
As Franklin D. Roosevelt's future health deteriorated within the months best as much as the Democratic nationwide conference of 1944, Democratic leaders faced a dire scenario. Given the inevitability of the president's dying in the course of a fourth time period, the alternative of a working mate for FDR used to be of profound value. The Democrats wanted a guy they can belief. They wanted Harry S. Truman.
Robert Ferrell tells an engrossing story of ruthless ambition, mystery conferences, and celebration politics. Roosevelt emerges as a manipulative chief whose wish to hold strength ended in a blatant omit for the loyalty of his subordinates and the aspirations of his vice presidential hopefuls. Startling in its conclusions, impeccable in its examine, Choosing Truman is an engrossing, behind-the-scenes examine the making of the nation's thirty-third president.
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Ever the aggressor, Byrnes moved in on the president. When Roosevelt said Byrnes would be nominated without any trouble, the assistant president seized upon this revelation and said he hoped Roosevelt would not express a preference for anyone else. Having already done so, twice, the president said he would not do so. Byrnes told Brown he also went for the Negro question, via the Catholic question, by comparing what happened in 1940 to what might happen four years afterward. " He showed the president a photograph he had just received from Aiken, South Carolina, of Mrs.
Crowley had been busying himself attempting to "fix it with Byrnes," to use his phrase, and part ofthe effort involved arranging for Byrnes, Walker, and Hannegan to lunch with him in his suite at the Mayflower. " One subject was uppermost in the minds of the diners, the question of whether Roosevelt wanted Byrnes. " "You told the president," he said, "and you told me you'd fix it with Byrnes. "64 Byrnes simply would not take "no" for an answer. What Crowley 32 Choosing Truman said at this juncture we do not know, but ifit was what Walker asked him to say, Byrnes refused to take it seriously.
The second factor that made uncertain the decision of the summit conference was the president's very special method of dealing with people. Ordinarily it worked, but sometimes it was exceedingly slow, and in dealing with determined people it just might not work. "32 But she was none too acute in understanding her husband, and the president's way was a bit more complicated. In politics, which Roosevelt considered a marvelously intricate game, the best result when decisions came was to avoid having anyone become angry with him.