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Robert Klara ´ 5 SummaryN set complete with all the trimmings and accouterments So in a sense the part of this book that dealt with the nuts and bolts and the running of the Funeral Train itself was very intriguing to me It made me School of Velocity feel andor wish that I could have been in one of those Pullman cars alongside the varied cast of characters ofamous people rom 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 or each of the main characters in the storyORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 2010 Because my mother was a senior in high school in Philadelphia when President Franklin D Roosevelt died in Warm Springs Ga in April 1945 I thought she would be intrigued by the 2010 book FDR s Funeral Train A Betrayed Widow A Soviet Spy and a Presidency in the Balance by Robert Klara In Spy and a Presidency in the Balance by Robert Klara In she liked the book so much that she mailed it back to me to read I m glad she did Klara examines a narrow range of history and area Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries from FDR s deathrom a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12 while he was having his portrait painted to the Local Girls funeral train that brought him to Washington DC and later his home in Hyde Park NY to his 17 minuteuneral service and burial on April 15 This narrow A Is for Awful focus allows Klara to impart a good many interesting details of the train ride and the events of the time For instance we tend toorget the importance of passenger trains in the 1940s in this age of air travel and driving The locomotives that pulled FDR s casket made of copper and weighing 760 pounds and guests 11 cars in all rom Georgia to Washington DC used coal and steam while the ride rom the capital to New York City was powered by electric locomotives Again steam locomotives provided the power My Little Half-Moon for the trainrom NYC to Hyde Park The passenger cars were segregated during the trip Air conditioning was made possible by ice It is moving to read of the hundreds of thousands of people who lined the route Hello, Good-bye from Georgia to New York State to view the slow moving 25 mphuneral train sometimes in the middle of the night The book details the inevitable scraping between members of Roosevelt s administration and the members of the new Truman administration as they rode the train cars northward New President Harry Truman spent the train trip meeting with Cabinet members and advisers as he assumed the presidency and prepared to make a speech before a joint session of Congress after the FDR A Succubus for Freedom and other tales of Obscene Orgies funeral First lady Eleanor Roosevelt discovered something that had been kept a secretrom her and the press about her husband s stay in Warm Springs that would mark the betrayal in the book s title For those wanting a vivid social and political history of the mid 1940s in the United States as World War II wound down and the Cold War was to begin I would recommend this book The well researched book would be an interesting read as well From Z to A-Lister: How To Build Your Personal Brand for train enthusiasts This was an interesting read 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 paralyzedrom the waist down Hypertensive heart disease killed him and it seems he suffered with Alzheimer s in his last days His last written words were Let us move خلقیات ما ایرانیان forward with strong and activeaith As the coupler on the train ractured some three times reporter William Murphy joked about how difficult it "was to get Rossevelt out of WashingtonTruman was aboard the Roald Amundsen eight cars back rom " to get Rossevelt out of WashingtonTruman was aboard the Roald Amundsen eight cars back rom dining car Twenty nine cars total made up the train He and his entourage were aboard to conduct business primary activity manoevering not grieving Truman used this time preparing to take chargeWith a lack of postm When my brother recommended this book to me he warned that I might get bogged down by the detailed references to train operation but the book s title is after all FDR s Funeral Train I am happy to have read the book The White Ballets for a number of reasons but I ll choose these three1or having learned rom it the origin of the expression cup of Joe 2 or the insight that or all that Eleanor Roosevelt didn t know about her husband that she knew what he would choose or his The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College funeral even though the envelope with hisuneral plans wasn t opened until after his burial and 3 Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin for the sentiment expressed in theollowing Perhaps some thought their grief over the loss of one great man was nothing than a public magnification of thousands millions of smaller private griefs that the newspapers never covered griefs Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South for which there were no artillery salutes and horse drawn caissons and expensive caskets hammeredrom copper Nearly everyone in the country had lost someone in the war or knew someone who had I was as if the United States itself was like one huge Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices funeral train its compartmentsull of muffled sobs its cold iron wheels rolling inexorably toward a Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism future of unknowns. Secret Service documents journalist and historian Robert Klara enters the private world on board thatamous 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. Franklin Delano Roosevelt s death Warm Springs Georgia
IN 1945 IN ADDITION TOApril 1945 In addition to logistical and technical details involved in assembling the Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas funeral train and securing its passagerom Georgia to Washington DC After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry for a invitation onlyuneral 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 among the primary players and the politics at playNone of these events were unknown to me But it was interesting to read the individuals Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread feelings and reactions as recorded in their own journals autobiographies or newspaper accountsrom the day The things rom Klara s account that stand out To Me Arehow Closely The me arehow closely the uneral ollowed FDR s wishes which he had written and sealed away years before They were not revealed until after the uneral Despite their strained marriage Eleanor knew her husband well enough to know almost exactly how he would want his uneral handled and that she dida renewed admiration and respect or Eleanor Roosevelt Her marriage to FDR was difficult her mother in law thought she was not good enough She Weeps Each Time You're Born 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 a braveace carried out FDR s uneral 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 rom 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 presidency He knew nothing about the Manhattan Project and the efforts to build an atomic bomb until the hours immediately Seven Days, Seven Dinners following Roosevelt s death Granted he had not been vice president but aew months but given that it was war time and important meetings and negotiations were underway among the Allies it seems very short sighted if not arrogant not to have brought the vice president into the old on these matters of strategic national security Especially since FDR himself realized 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 In April 1945 the nation was shocked to hear that President Franklin Roosevelt had suddenly died at the Little White House in Warm Springs Georgia This book traces the story of the uneral train that brought Roosevelt s body back to Washington DC and then after a short service in the East Room of the White House took his body to the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park New York If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas for burial On board theuneral train rom Washington DC to Hyde Park was the Roosevelt amily President Truman and his Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, family the entire Supreme Court the entire cabinet Roosevelt s closest military advisers and a large part of the US Congress the Congressional delegation rode a second train that sometimesollowed the uneral train and sometimes led it Now there s a security nightmare or you especially since the US was still deeply involved in World War II Out of Roosevelt s White Water five children only his daughter and one son were able to attend theuneral Another son met the train in New York on its way back to Washington after the The Slave Dancer funeral and the two remaining sons remained in combat units in the Pacific theater of war To spice the mix Eleanor Roosevelt discovered at Warm Springs that Roosevelt had hisormer mistress Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd visiting along with his cousins Polly Delano and Daisy Suckley And Eleanor Special Agent found out that her daughter Anna had invited Lucy to visit Roosevelt at the White House during Eleanor sreuent absences Eleanor considered this such an act of betrayal that it took years to completely heal the breach betwen mother and daughter And did I mention that there was a White House official who was also a Soviet spy on board And don t Sleep with the Fishes forget Fala who attended theuneral and lived as a companion to Eleanor Roosevelt The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History for seven years after FDR s death And on the train of grief stricken officials a new administration was beginning toorm around Harry Truman I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a student of American history First off I ve read this book before I just wanted to put that out there This is a wrenchingly beautiful retelling of the days immediately ollowing the death of President Franklin D Roosevelt in April of 1945 However within this book we ride alongside the passengers on the Funeral Train as it winds its way rom Warm Springs Georgia to Washington DC eventually ending in Hyde Park New York at Springwood the Roosevelt A World on Fire family estate It is here where the President is buriedAs a child I had a deepascination with trains I even had my own Lionel trai. Widowed Eleanor Roosevelt who had just discovered that her husband's mistress was in the room 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 Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life from longorgotten diaries and declassified. .
Page 61 my book The entire city of Charlotte North Carolina or damned near it had turned out Every street reaching away rom the railroad track was or Carolina or damned near it had turned out Every street reaching away rom the railroad track was The Oxford New Greek Dictionary for blocks a solid mass of people They stood in the darkness staring at theuneral 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 The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece 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 Gainesvilleifty miles out of Atlanta Smith a news reporter 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 This review The New Job Security first appeared in ICCFA Magazine wwwiccfacomEven if you know how it ends a good book will grip you and keep you reading FDR S FUNERAL TRAIN by Robert Klara is a book of that type President Roosevelt died in April 1945 in Warm Springs GA In the presidential tradition set by Abraham Lincoln his body was carried by trainrom Georgia to Washington DC The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) for auneral and then on to the burial at the The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis family estate in Hyde Park NY This book covers both the micro and the macro events of that period as WWII wound into its end game and the atom bomb was being readied to be dropped on Japan And of courseuneral directors played a crucial role When the President died his doctor called Fred Patterson Atlanta s top The Jumbee funeral director hisirm HM Patterson is still an ICCFA member It took To Helvetica and Back five hours to prepare the bodyor the slow rail journey He hauled his two best coffins to Warm Springs to be sure that the tall President would be Simple Art of Greatness fitted properly His most crucial decision was the bier The coffin was to be carried at the rear of a Pullman car in the viewing lounge They had to pry the plate glass window out to ease in the 600 pound copper casket Patterson ensured that the bier was high enough so that people could see the casket through the windows as the train trundled slowly north through a mourning nationOnce in Washington DC undertaker William A Gawler took over The coffin was carried on a horse drawn gun carriagerom Union Station to the White House where the nation s elite was crammed into the East Room Where the Heart Waits for the memorial service That evening the coffin was taken back to the trainor the last leg of the journey The rulers of the United States all nine Supreme Court Justices new President Harry Truman all the top Congressmen and Senators rode on that train or a companion train that ollowed it a huge security risk Others came separately by air or carOnly after all this was over
DID FDR S SON JAMES COMEFDR s son James come his ather s A Burglar's Guide to the City funeral instructions which had been misplaced When he and his mother opened the sealed envelope theyound that Eleanor had instinctively chosen exactly what FDR had wanted The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth for his last rites Only his wish not to be embalmed had not been met inevitably since he had not planned to pass away in rural Georgia A gripping and detailed slice of American history not to be missed by anyone interested in historicalunerals 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 American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago for burial after theuneral It covers all the drama that the trip entailed It wasn t really about the trip or the train but both are detailed No its about a widow who ound out that her husband was not alone at the time of his death and the allout FDR s Funeral Train A Betrayed Widow a Soviet Spy and a Presidency in the Balance by Robert Kara provides an interesting sidebar to an important page in history the death of Franklin Roosevelt during World War II Kara s research is impressive and he wove many threads into a comprehensive recounting of the people and events connected with the death and Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul funeral of FDR While interesting it is not a great book Klara s story telling skills need work His prose is often purple and his selection of vocabulary is unusual to say the least It is about twenty pages too long and could have used a sharp editor s pencil FDR s Funeral Train is undermined by minoractual errors and a number of inaccuracies in nomenclature or terminology The Soviet spy and John Maragon aspects of the story have almost nothing to do with the events in the book and appears to have been thrown in Spain in Mind for hype After aew days consideration I revised my GR rating of Klara s book to Two Stars With thought the less positive the impression I read this book on the recommendation 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 The Inheritance: Part 1 following. The April 1945 journey of FDR'suneral train became a thousand mile odyssey The Curious World Of Christmas fraught with heartbreak and scandal As it passed through the nightew 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. .