In the spring of 1968, it seemed that everything to which Americans were accustomed was being challenged.
Hippies were testing cultural boundaries. Civil rights protesters were fighting the racial status quo. The public’s assumptions about America’s military prowess were being sorely tested in the jungles of Vietnam. The conventional wisdom about America and the Holocaust, too, was about to be turned on its head.
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In the aftermath of World War II, Franklin Roosevelt enjoyed near-iconic status in the public mind. It was unthinkable to criticize the president who shepherded America through the Depression and led the Free World to victory over the Nazis.
Moreover, the 1950s and early 1960s were a time when presidents were not subjected to the kind of scrutiny that later became routine. Journalists often refrained from investigating rumors of presidential indiscretions. Many biographies of FDR resembled press releases from the Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park.
Then along came Arthur Morse.
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