Franklin D. Roosevelt and big, bluff Jim Farley made one of the most effective U.S. political teams of all time. Farley did the spadework; F.D.R. sowed the political and sociological gardens. Then the team fell apart. Last week, 26 months after Roosevelt's death, Big Jim began to explain "Why I Broke with Roosevelt," in Collier's magazine.

"Actually," he wrote, "there was no sharp, clean fracture of friendship, but rather a slow, imperceptible drifting apart of political principles."

The relationship had never been social. "Strange as it may seem, the President had never taken me into the bosom of his family, even...

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