Wendell Willkie lunched at the White House last week with Franklin Roosevelt. No one else was present.

What these two men said to each other in 75 minutes was not made public. But the times, the war, above all, the contrasting personalities of Wendell Willkie and Franklin Roosevelt made that meeting dramatic. Willkie, 49, good-natured, practical, forthright; Franklin Roosevelt, adept, experienced, in politics for 30 of his 59 years. The room where they met had seen some mighty contrasts in its day; it had rarely contained two men so sharply opposed in...

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