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Roosevelt and the Isolationists, 1932-1945
Roosevelt and the Isolationists, 1932-1945
By Wayne S. Cole
University of Nebraska Press, 1983, 624 pp

The author is the leading historian of isolationism in the Roosevelt era (with previous books on Senator Gerald P. Nye, Charles Lindbergh, and the "America First" organization). One of the interesting points in this broad study is that Roosevelt not only defeated the isolationists but fixed on them the distorted and unfair image of being "narrow, self-serving, partisan, conservative, antidemocratic, anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi, fifth-columnist, and even treasonous." This is the old time-dishonored technique of equating dissenters with the enemy.