Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt: The Rivalry That Divided America

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Was aviation pioneer and popular American hero Charles A. Lindbergh a Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite? Or was he the target of a vicious personal vendetta by President Roosevelt? In Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt, author James Duffy tackles these questions head-on, by examining the conflicting personalities, aspirations, and actions of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Charles A. Lindbergh. Painting a politically incorrect portrait of both men, Duffy shows how the hostility between these two American giants divided the nation on both domestic and international affairs. From canceling U.S. air mail contracts to intervening in World War II, Lindberg and Roosevelt's clash of ideas and opinions shaped the nation's policies here and abroad.

Insightful, and engaging, Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt reveals the untold story about two of history's most controversial men, and how the White House waged a smear campaign against Lindbergh that blighted his reputation forever.

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DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE

If asked about Charles Lindbergh’s political beliefs, most Americans would instinctively respond that Lindbergh supported the Nazis. Despite his innumerable contributions to American aviation, including his pioneering solo flight across the Atlantic, Lindbergh’s supposed sympathy for Nazi Germany continues to cloud his reputation even decades after his death.

There’s only one problem: it’s not true. In Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt, James P. Duffy reveals the real history of Charles Lindbergh: he was an American patriot who was subject to one of the most successful smear campaigns in American history. Angered by Lindbergh’s criticism, President Roosevelt launched against him a crusade of personal destruction that was eagerly propagated by FDR’s supporters throughout the government and the media.

This groundbreaking book reveals:
The initial clash between Lindbergh and Roosevelt over a misguided FDR policy that caused more than a dozen deaths
Lindbergh’s long standing antipathy to the Nazis, including his vital espionage activities against the Third Reich
The Roosevelt administration’s shocking private discussions of their vendetta against Lindbergh
Why the popular belief that Lindbergh was an anti Semite is absolutely wrong
Why Roosevelt, not Lindbergh, deserves to be remembered for serving foreign interests

A vital corrective to years of misinformation, Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt shows how a powerful president systematically turned an extraordinary American hero into a modern day Benedict Arnold an image that endures to this very day.

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Praise for LINDBERGH vs. ROOSEVELT

In the name–calling that passes for how American history is taught these days, an authentic American hero, Charles Lindbergh, is too often dismissed as a Nazi sympathizer’ because of his opposition to President Roosevelt’s war policy. Lindbergh’s actual service as an anti–Nazi spy is overlooked, as are his many contributions to the war effort, including his volunteer combat service in the Pacific. But as historian James Duffy points out in Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt, there’s a lot more to the story than that; Lindbergh was the victim of a long–standing smear campaign by a president desperate to silence one of his most prominent critics. In this excellent book, Duffy successfully restores the honor that properly belongs to Lindbergh and draws a more skeptical, and accurate, portrayal of Roosevelt. If you love reading twentieth century American history, you’ll love this book.” —Thomas E. Woods Jr., author of The Politically Incorrect Guideto American History

In Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt James Duffy ably describes the contrasting worldviews of Charles Lindbergh and Franklin Roosevelt. Duffy carefully and persuasively shows how FDR pushed the U.S. toward war and how Lindbergh warned against the entangling alliances that George Washington wanted Americans to avoid. Duffy shows how FDR prevailed in the war debate and how he smeared and undermined Lindbergh in the process. Duffy’s book is an excellent contribution to the research on the disappointing character of FDR as president.” —Burton Folsom Jr., author of New Deal or Raw Deal?

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