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The president's man : Leo Crowley and Franklin Roosevelt in peace and war

Author: Stuart L Weiss
Publisher: Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Leo Crowley has been known only as the administrator condemned by President Truman for cutting off Soviet lend-lease after V-E Day. Stuart L. Weiss revises this view while exploring Crowley's long, significant state and federal career, emphasizing his service as Franklin D. Roosevelt's man for all seasons. Weiss deals effectively with Crowley's flaws and virtues as well as those of the administrations he served.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Weiss, Stuart L.
President's man.
Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1996
(DLC) 95014363
(OCoLC)32274122
Named Person: Franklin D Roosevelt; Leo Crowley; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Leo Crowley; Leo Crowley; Franklin D Roosevelt; Leo Crowley
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart L Weiss
ISBN: 0585186693 9780585186696
OCLC Number: 44959097
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 295 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: Stuart L. Weiss.

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Leo Crowley has been known only as the administrator condemned by President Truman for cutting off Soviet lend-lease after V-E Day. Stuart L. Weiss revises this view while exploring Crowley's long, significant state and federal career, emphasizing his service as Franklin D. Roosevelt's man for all seasons. Weiss deals effectively with Crowley's flaws and virtues as well as those of the administrations he served. Crowley was confirmed as chair of the FDIC in 1934 despite a charge, unknown to President Roosevelt, that Crowley had committed fraud as a banker in Wisconsin. Crowley served with distinction for more than eleven years as the administration twice buried a 1935 Treasury Department report that, had it been handed to Wisconsin authorities, could have sent him to prison: Roosevelt valued Crowley's political and administrative talents too highly to allow that to happen. In 1939, Roosevelt, anxious to have business support for stopping the Axis powers, encouraged Crowley to take the chair of a holding company about to be prosecuted by the SEC. After Pearl Harbor, like priorities prompted the president first to name Crowley alien property custodian, then chair of the Board of Economic Warfare to supplant Roosevelt's politically troublesome vice president, and, finally, foreign economic administrator, the person responsible for civilian lend-lease activity. In this vibrant life's story, Weiss has created more than a political biography of Crowley; he also documents new views of Roosevelt's policies and methods, highlighting the president's emphasis on politics as the art of the possible. Weiss furnishes the reader with detailed portraits of a man faithful to his president even when he disagreed with him and of a president willing to do what he felt was necessary for the good of the country.

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Leo T. Crowley is remembered chiefly, when he is remembered at all, as the administrator of Lend Lease at the end of World War II when aid to the Soviet Union was abruptly ended. He typically appears Read more...

 
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