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The First Peacetime Draft


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Fundamental American history from which all adult academic readers can enjoy and profit. . . . Recounts the story of how a most controversial piece of legislation was initiated and driven through Congress by a small group of concerned advocates. The role played by Franklin D. Roosevelt is of great interest. The subject offers a splendid view of how FDR could play the dangerous game of making a virtue of refusing to take a stand on a major issue.--Choice
Using the Selective Service Act of 1940 as a focus to illuminate the evolution of American policy and attitudes toward the Second World War, this book unites exhaustive research with crisp narrative and trenchant analysis.--Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., author of The Age of RooseveltAn outstanding piece of historical scholarship, definitive on the selective service legislation of 1940, and brilliant in establishing the larger context. Exhaustive research, vivid style, and broad sweep . . . --Frank Freidel, author of the four-volume Franklin D. RooseveltAltogether compelling--and wonderfully detailed, masterfully researched, and graciously and vividly written.--William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan

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