History came alive for an enthusiastic audience as Professor Stanley Weintraub previewed his latest book, Final Victory: FDR’s Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign on April 12, 2012 in the Philips Autograph Library.
Prof. Weintraub is a preeminent cultural historian and the author of more than forty-five highly acclaimed books on history, military affairs, literature and biography, including Pearl Harbor Christmas, Silent Night, 11 Days in December, Victoria, and Disraeli. Dr. Weintraub’s comments from his research for Fatal Victory included the final days of Franklin Roosevelt and his dedication, despite his serious health condition, to attend the Malta Conference. Recognizing the peace of the world may depend on Russia and the United States, Roosevelt considered the need for a United Nations. He made an appeal during an address to Congress, apologizing he would not be able to stand. The presentation occurred on the anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s death, April 12, 1945. Dr. Weintraub’s recalled getting on a trolley that day and finding everyone weeping. The world was in shock and a few days later, the San Francisco Conference, formally known as the United Nations Conference on International Organization, opened on April 25, 1945.
He has received many awards for his research and writing concerning wartime efforts and his studies of Victorian authors. In 1967, he received a National Book Award Nomination for Beardsley: A Biography. Prof. Weintraub was given the George Freedley Award from the American Theatre Library Association in 1971 for Journey to Heartbreak: The Crucible Years of Bernard Shaw, 1914-1918. He also received the Freedom Foundation Award in 1980 for his book The London Yankees: Portraits of American Writers and Artists in London, 1894-1914. In 1985, he was given the Distinguished Humanist Award by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
Stanley Weintraub answered many questions during the presentation with impressive intimate details and experiences he recalled during the time.
Display of recent works by Prof. Stanley Weintraub
Richard Swain, Director of Libraries, thanking Prof. Weintraub for his presentation.