review Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ï Robert KlaraFirst off I ve ead this book before I just
to put that out there This is a wrenchingly etelling of the days immediately following the death of President Franklin D Roosevelt in April of 1945 However within this book we ide alongside the passengers on the Funeral Train as it winds its way from Warm Springs Georgia to Washington DC eventually ending in Hyde Park New York at Springwood the Roosevelt family estate It is here where the President is buriedAs a child I had a deep fascination withWanted To Put That Out There This Is A Wrenchingly
trains I even had my own Lionel train set complete with all theI even had my own Lionel train set complete with all the and accouterments So in a sense the part of this book that dealt with the nuts and bolts and the Hoffnung Mensch running of the Funeral Train itself was very intriguing to me It made me feel andor wish that I could have been in one of those Pullman cars alongside the varied cast of characters of famous people from mid century American History that made up the passenger listAs an added bonus the epilogue of the book tells in detail just what happened to each of the cars that made up the Funeral Train after its April 1945 journey as well as the eventual endings for each of the main characters in the storyORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 2010 Page 61 my book The entire city of Charlotte North Carolina or damned near it had turned out Every streeteaching away from the ailroad track was for three blocks a solid mass of people They stood in the darkness staring at the funeral trainIf you are a Franklin Roosevelt aficionado this book is wonderful And if you are a train aficionado it also has its appealIt covers the death of Franklin Roosevelt in his secondary home of Warm Springs Georgia and then the journey from there to Washington DC thence to New York City and to the President s ancestral home at Hyde Park on the Hudson RiverPage 57 On the approach to Gainesville fifty miles out of Atlanta Smith a news eporter had stared out the windows in disbelief as the train passed a group of women picking cotton under the merciless sun At the sight of the train they dropped to their knees in the tilled dirt their palms stretched up to the heavensTwenty five thousand had come Greenville South Carolina and their number stretched half a mile on either side of the main lineThere were several locomotives used in pulling the train And from Washington DC to Hyde Park there were two trains It was at Washington DC that the new President Harry
Truman joined the funeral processionThe author presents well the atmosphere aboard the train of bereaved politicians who had lostjoined the funeral processionThe author presents well the atmosphere aboard the train of bereaved politicians who had lost President Franklin Roosevelt had been at the helm since 1933The future had suddenly become a vast unknown There was a tremendous awareness of the staggering task faced by the new and unknown President And the entire nation was undergoing this and to. The April 1945 journey of FDR's funeral train became a thousand mile odyssey fraught with heartbreak and scandal As it passed through the night few of the grieving onlookers gave thought to what might be happening behind the Pullman shades where women whispered and men tossed back highballs Inside was a Soviet spy a newly. ,
Some extent all the Allied countries still at war with Germany and JapanThe mood of the train journey to Hyde Park was predominately that of bereavement The mood back to Washington DC transitioned to a much political one with President Truman at the center of it allTwo notesThe author perpetuates the myth of the complete animosity between Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin s mother Sara It was not that simple and was certainly
#not as the #as the suggests an unrelenting hatred between these two very magnificent womenOnly a few pages are spent on the spy episode mentioned in the book s subtitle a Soviet spy And nothing of conseuence was obtained during the train journeyThere are many characters introduced and the author does a fine job of integrating these with the overall national mood at the timePage 34 Eleanor Roosevelt At a time like that you don t eally feel your own feelings When you e in a position of being caught in a pageant you become part of a world outside yourself and you act almost like an automaton You ecede as a person You build a facade for everyone to see and you live separately inside the facade Something comes to protect you I ead this book on the ecommendation of my husband a train enthusiast so was prepared not to get all the details about the train And didn t But that didn t deter my interest Robert Klara s book covers the events leading up to and and immediately following Franklin Delano Roosevelt s death at Warm Springs Georgia in April 1945 In addition to the logistical and technical details involved in assembling the funeral train and securing its passage from Georgia to Washington DC for a invitation only funeral service and on to Hyde Park New York Klara captures the mood in the country at the president s untimely death as
Well As The Relationships Amongas the elationships among primary players and the politics at playNone of these events were unknown to
Me But It Was Interesting To ReadBut it was interesting to ead individuals feelings and eactions as ecorded in their own journals autobiographies or newspaper accounts from the day The things from Klara s account that stand out to me arehow closely the actual funeral followed FDR s wishes which he had written and sealed away years before They were not evealed until after the funeral Despite their strained marriage Eleanor knew her husband well enough to know almost exactly how he would want his funeral handled and that she dida Jeden výdych koňa renewed admiration andespect for Eleanor Roosevelt Her marriage to FDR was difficult her mother in law thought she was not good enough for her son and made that clear to Eleanor at nearly every opportunity her husband was unfaithful Lucy Rutherford his mistress was present at the cottage in Warm Springs when he died an arrangement in which her daughter Anna had been complicit Yet she put on Widowed Eleanor Roosevelt who had just discovered that her husband's mistress was in the oom with him when he died all the Supreme Court justices and incoming president Harry S Truman who was scrambling to learn secrets FDR had never shared with himWeaving together information from long forgotten diaries and declassified. .
Brave face carried out FDR s funeral wishes as she knew he would want them and appears to have buried her grief and disappointment with those who betrayed her Prepared to slip uietly from public life she heeded the advice of one FDR s advisors to continue speaking out on importance issues because the public would want to hear what she had to say She did continue an active public life including serving as a delegate to the United Nationshow unprepared
Harry Truman Was To Assume The PresidencyTruman was to assume the presidency knew nothing about the Manhattan Project and the efforts to build an atomic bomb until the hours immediately following Roosevelt s death Granted he had not been vice president but a few months but given that it
WAS WAR TIME AND IMPORTANT MEETINGSwar time and important meetings negotiations were underway among the Allies it seems very short sighted if not arrogant not to have brought the vice president into the fold on these matters of strategic national security Especially since FDR himself ealized he was in declining health This was a different era The press seems to have been much willing to overlook things that today would occupy 247 coverage on cable news if not the major networks I wonder if we would be better off knowing a little less This was an interesting ead The author takes us on a train of sadness in a lot of waysOne President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is transported in a coffin and a new President Harry Truman prepares to take over all on a trainDuring his presidency FDR was in a wheel chair A Polio attack 24 years earlier had left him paralyzed from the waist down Hyperten If you like history you will like this book If you like soap opera you will like this book If you ever wondered what happened to FDR s dog Fala you will like this book The book spans the period of the trip to Warm Springs that FDR made in April 1945 the journey with his body after his death and the journey to Hyde Park for burial after the funeral It covers all the drama that the trip entailed It wasn t What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game really about the trip or the train but both are detailed No its about a widow who found out that her husband was not alone at the time of his death and the fallout from that It was about a new president who wasn t uite sure of hisole and the surprise of what was kept from him as Vice PresidentIt s about a daughter who thought she was doing Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) right for her father but lost her mother with her actions The best story in the book is that oneIts the story of a little Scottie named Fala who lost his best friend and wasn t uite sure of what was going on The story of a couple ofeporters who happened to be at the place history was being made Oh and that spy story is there too Klara does a fine job with all the stories and there is a complete Revenant run down on what happened to everyone involved even that little dog Fala. Secret Service documents journalist and historian Robert Klara enters the private world on board that famous train He chronicles the three days during which the country grieved and despaired as never before and a new president hammered out the policies that would galvanize a country in mourning and win the Second World War.