OPINION: Secretaries & Sons

The flood of Rooseveltiana, already building the F.D.R. legend (TIME, Aug. 19), hit the nation's magazines.

In Collier's, ex-Labor Secretary Fanny Perkins gave a glimpse into the Roosevelt political mind: "I have often been asked what Roosevelt thought of his presidential rivals. ... He thought Hoover a solemn defeatist with no consciousness of people as human beings. Alfred Landon, Roosevelt thought, was a nice fellow who didn't know much. He took an immediate liking to Willkie, and he hadn't expected to. ... For Dewey, Roosevelt had little respect. He expected him to make a bad campaign, and was surprised when he...

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