Trimmings and accouterments So in a sense the part of this that dealt with the nuts and bolts and the running of the Funeral Train itself was very intriguing to me made me feel andor wish that I could have been in one of those Pullman cars alongside the varied cast of characters of famous people from 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 for each of the main characters in "the storyORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 2010 Because my mother was a senior in "storyORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 2010 Because my mother was a senior in school in Philadelphia when President Franklin D "Roosevelt Died In Warm "died in Warm 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 fact 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 from FDR s death from a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12 while he was having his portrait painted to the funeral train that brought him to Washington DC and later his home in Hyde Park NY to his 17 minute funeral service and burial on April 15 This narrow focus allows Klara to impart a good many interesting details of the train ride and the events of the time For instance we tend to forget 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 from Georgia to Washington DC used coal and steam while the ride from the capital to New York City was powered by electric locomotives Again steam locomotives provided the power for the train from 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 from Georgia to New York State to view the slow moving 25 mph funeral 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 funeral First lady Eleanor Roosevelt discovered something that had been kept a secret from 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 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 ears earlier had left him paralyzed from 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 forward with strong and active faith As the coupler on the train fractured 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 from the 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 postmorten conspiratory 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 for a number of reasons but I ll choose these three1 for having learned from it the origin of the expression cup of Joe 2 for the insight that for all that Eleanor Roosevelt didn t know about her husband that she knew what he would choose for his funeral even though the envelope with his funeral plans wasn t opened until after his burial and 3 for the sentiment expressed in the following 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 for which there were no artillery salutes and horse drawn caissons and expensive caskets hammered from copper Nearly everyone in the country had lost som. Secret Service documents journalist and historian Robert Klara enters the private world on board that famous 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.Rites Only 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 historical funerals If Un monstre dans les céréales you like historyou will like this book If Nam you like soap operaou will like this book If Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you ever wondered what happened to FDR s dog Falaou 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 for burial after the funeral It covers all the drama that the trip entailed It wasn t really "ABOUT THE TRIP OR THE TRAIN "the trip or the train both are detailed No its about a widow who found out that her husband was not alone at the time of his death 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 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 minor factual 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 for hype After a few 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 following Franklin Delano Roosevelt s death at Warm Springs Georgia in April 1945 In addition to the logistical and technical details involved in assembling the funeral train and securing its passage from Georgia to Washington DC for a invitation only funeral service and on to Hyde Park New York Klara capture 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 funeral 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 for burial On board the funeral train from Washington DC to Hyde Park was the Roosevelt family President Truman and his 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 sometimes followed the funeral train and sometimes led it Now there s a security nightmare for Lippenbekenntnisse you especially since the US was still deeply involved in World War II Out of Roosevelt s five children only his daughter and one son were able to attend the funeral Another son met the train in New York on its way back to Washington after the 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 his former mistress Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd visiting along with his cousins Polly Delano and Daisy Suckley And Eleanor found out that her daughter Anna had invited Lucy to visit Roosevelt at the White House during Eleanor s freuent absences Eleanor considered this such an act of betrayal that it tookears 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 forget Fala who attended the funeral and lived as a companion to Eleanor Roosevelt for seven ears after FDR s death And on the train of grief stricken officials a new administration was beginning to form 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 following 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 from Warm Springs Georgia to Washington DC eventually ending in Hyde Park New York at Springwood the Roosevelt family estate It is here where the President is buriedAs a child I had a deep fascination with trains I even had my own Lionel train set complete with all the. 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 from long forgotten 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 "damned near it had turned out Every street reaching away the railroad track was for three blocks a solid mass of people They stood in the darkness staring at the funeral trainIf ou are a Franklin Roosevelt aficionado this book is wonderful And if ou 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 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 Gainesville "Fifty Miles Out Of Atlanta "miles out of Atlanta a news reporter had
"stared out the windows in disbelief as the train passed a group "out the windows in disbelief as the train passed a group 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 to the heavensTwenty five thousand had come Greenville South Carolina and their number stretched half a mile on either side of the main lineThere were several locomotives used in pulling the train And from Washington DC to Hyde Park there were two trains It was at Washington DC that the new President Harry Truman joined the funeral processionThe author presents well the atmosphere aboard the train of bereaved politicians who had lost their President Franklin Roosevelt had been at the helm since 1933The future had suddenly become a vast unknown There was a tremendous awareness of the staggering task faced by the new and unknown President And the entire nation was undergoing this and to some extent all the Allied countries still at war with Germany and JapanThe mood of the train journey to Hyde Park was predominately that of bereavement The mood back to Washington DC transitioned to a much political one with President Truman at the center of it allTwo notesThe author perpetuates the myth of the complete animosity between Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin s mother Sara It was not that simple and was certainly not as the author suggests an unrelenting hatred between these two very magnificent womenOnly a few pages are spent on the spy episode mentioned in the book s subtitle a Soviet spy And nothing of conseuence was obtained during the train journeyThere are many characters introduced and the author does a fine job of integrating these with the overall national mood at the timePage 34 Eleanor Roosevelt At a time like that ou don t really feel Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan your own feelings Whenou re in a position of being caught in a pageant Wachten op Apollo you become part of a world outsideourself and Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) you act almost like an automaton You recede as a person You build a facade for everyone to see andou live separately inside the facade Something comes to protect Callisthnie - La musculation globale you This review first appeared in ICCFA Magazine wwwiccfacomEven ifou know how it ends a good book will grip And the Ass Saw the Angel you and keepou 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 train from Georgia to Washington DC for a funeral and then on to the burial at the 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 course funeral directors played a crucial role When the President died his doctor called Fred Patterson Atlanta s top funeral director his firm HM Patterson is still an ICCFA member It took five hours to prepare the body for the slow rail journey He hauled his two best coffins to Warm Springs to be sure that the tall President would be 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 carriage from Union Station to the White House where the nation s elite was crammed into the East Room for the memorial service That evening the coffin was taken back to the train for 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 followed it a huge security risk Others came separately by air or carOnly after all this was over did FDR s son James come by his father s funeral instructions which had been misplaced When he and his mother opened the sealed envelope they found that Eleanor had instinctively chosen exactly what FDR had wanted for his last. The April 1945 journey of FDR's funeral train became a thousand mile odyssey fraught with heartbreak and scandal As it passed through the night few 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.