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The Idealist

Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674737518

Publication Date: 03/10/2020


416 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

29 photos in 24p b&w insert, 1 map

Belknap Press


  • Map. In the late summer and fall of 1942, Wendell Willkie traveled around the world in forty-nine days, leaving from New York on August 26 and returning to Washington, DC, on October 14.
  • Introduction
  • 1. Taking Flight: Elwood, Puerto Rico, Paris
  • 2. Power and the Presidency: Akron, New York, Khartoum
  • 3. Egypt Is Saved: London, Cairo, Alexandria
  • 4. A Great Social Laboratory: Ankara
  • 5. The Imperial Dilemma: Beirut and Jerusalem
  • 6. How East and West Will Meet: Baghdad
  • 7. First Flight: Tehran
  • 8. Working with Russia: Kuibyshev, Moscow, Rzhev
  • 9. The China Mystique: Lanzhou, Chongqing, Xi’an
  • 10. A Report to the People: Yakutsk, Washington, New York
  • 11. One World Barnstorming: America and the World
  • 12. The Narrows of 1944: Kansas City, Wisconsin, Rushville
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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