NPR’s Fresh Air examined the passionate fights over whether the U.S. should enter World War II, with Lynne Olson, author of Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, (Random House). The book releases today.
Olson says we may have difficulty understanding it now, but up until Pearl Harbor, Americans looked on the war as “kind of like a movie. … It was something that just didn’t affect them … most Americans, especially those who lived in the heartland — really didn’t feel that they had anything in common with Europe. They hadn’t been there. They thought this was a distant place that they really had nothing to do with.”