Uniting America: How FDR and Henry Stimson Brought Democrats and Republicans Together to Win World War II Audiobook, by Peter Shinkle Play Audiobook Sample

Uniting America: How FDR and Henry Stimson Brought Democrats and Republicans Together to Win World War II Audiobook

Uniting America: How FDR and Henry Stimson Brought Democrats and Republicans Together to Win World War II Audiobook, by Peter Shinkle Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Paul Heitsch Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798212015035

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67:00 minutes

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12:22 minutes

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40:12 minutes

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The untold story of the most crucial bipartisan alliance in United States history.

As Adolf Hitler’s Nazi armies threatened Europe, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt urged a divided America to mobilize to defend democracy and freedom. Many Republicans accused FDR of leading the nation needlessly into war and demanded that America remain neutral. On June 20, 1940, FDR shocked the world by announcing that two prominent Republicans would take posts in his cabinet in the name of national unity. Henry Stimson, former President Herbert Hoover’s secretary of state, became secretary of war, and Frank Knox, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 1936, became secretary of the navy.

Forming an alliance across party lines was a bold move that ran contrary to partisan pressures and political convenience. It also placed a bipartisan relationship at the center of America’s confrontation with global fascism. Stimson and Knox played critical roles in leading the war effort, the nation’s capital gained a new spirit of collaboration, and many bills passed Congress during the war years with backing from both parties. In a nation so often marred by political upheaval, the FDR-Stimson coalition stands as a historic act of political courage that led America to victory in World War II.

Uniting America by Peter Shinkle is the first book to paint a full portrait of this extraordinary collaboration, tracing it back to its origins in 1933. Shinkle reveals the true extent of bipartisanship during the war, including previously undisclosed information about Stimson’s work with 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie and other Republicans who supported FDR. This fascinating and deeply researched book is a must-read for anyone who believes America must once again unite to defend democracy.

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“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 


  • “In this meticulously researched and trenchantly argued book, Shinkle sheds fresh light on an impactful partnership.”

    — Michael Birkner, author of The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens
  • “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 coauthor of The Wise Men

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About Peter Shinkle

Peter Shinkle worked for nineteen years as a reporter at various news organizations, including most recently the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He covered the federal court system, and also wrote investigative stories on subjects ranging from improper disposal of radioactive waste to contamination spread by a lead mining company. Shinkle is the great-nephew of Robert Cutler.

About Paul Heitsch

After producing, directing, and engineering spoken word recordings for over twenty years, Paul Heitsch began narrating audiobooks in 2011, and has recorded many bestselling titles as both himself and under a pseudonym. A classically trained pianist, Paul is also a composer and sound designer, and is currently the director of music for the James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance, and an adjunct instructor for the JMU School of Music. He and his family live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia (although Chicago will always be his hometown).