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The Rise of Hitler and FDR—
Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal and Unlikely Destiny
Cast of Characters

"lively . . . wonderful . . . mesmerizing"
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author of
1920: The Year of
the Six Presidents
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Cast of Characters

  • Newton Diehl Baker Jr. (1871-1937)
  • Bernard Mannes “The Lone Eagle” Baruch (1870-1965)
  • Eva Anna Paula Braun (1912-1945)
  • Wilhelm Brückner (1884-1954)
  • Heinrich Brüning (1885-1970)
  • Anton Joseph “Ten Percent Tony” Cermak (1873-1933)
  • Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)
  • John Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge (1872-1933)
  • Father Charles Edward Coughlin (1891-1979)
  • Father James Renshaw Cox (1886–1951)
  • James Michael “The Mayor of the Poor” Curley (1874-1958)
  • Charles “Indian” Curtis (1860-1936)
  • Theodor Duesterberg (1875-1950)
  • Lt. Col. Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)
  • James Aloysius “Big Jim” Farley (1888-1976)
  • Edward Joseph “Boss” Flynn (1891-1953)
  • Henry Ford (1863-1947)
  • William Zebulon Foster (1881-1961)
  • Dr. Joseph Irwin France (1873-1939)
  • André François-Poncet (1887-1978)
  • Dr. Wilhelm Frick (1877-1946)
  • John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner IV (1868-1967)
  • Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945)
  • Hermann Wilhelm Göring (1893-1946)
  • Gen. Wilhelm Gröner (1867-1939)
  • Ernst Franz Sedgwick “Putzi” Hanfstaengel (1887-1975)
  • William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951)
  • Edmund Heines (1897-1934)
  • Lorena Alice Hickok (1893-1968)
  • Heinrich Luitpold Himmler (1900–1945)
  • Major Oskar von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (1883-1960)
  • Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (1847-1934)
  • Adolph Hitler (1889-1945)  
  • Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964)
  • Lou Henry Hoover (1974-1944)
  • Louis McHenry Howe (1871-1936)
  • Alfred Ernst Christian Alexander Hugenberg (1865-1951)
  • Sen. Cordell Hull (1871-1955)
  • Harold LeClair “The Old Curmudgeon” Ickes (1874-1952)
  • Theodore Goldsmith “Ted” Joslin (1890-1944)
  • Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1888-1969)
  • Count Harry Clément Ulrich Kessler (1868-1937)
  • Hubert Renfro “Red” Knickerbocker (1898-1949)
  • Fiorello Henry “The Little Flower” LaGuardia (1882-1947)
  • Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand (1898-1944)
  • Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)
  • Huey Pierce “The Kingfish” Long Jr. (1893-1935)
  • Alice Roosevelt “Princess Alice” Longworth (1984-1980)
  • Kurt Lüdecke (1890-1960)
  • Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia (1907-1994)
  • General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)
  • William Gibbs McAdoo (1863-1941)
  • Rep. Louis Thomas McFadden (1876-1936)
  • Otto Meissner (1880-1953)
  • Henry Louis “The Sage of Baltimore” Mencken (1880-1956)
  • Sgt. Earl R. Miller (1897-1973)
  • Raymond Charles Moley (1886-1975)
  • William Henry Davis “Alfalfa Bill” Murray (1969-1856)
  • John T. Pace (1899-1972)
  • Franz Joseph Hermann Michael Maria von Papen (zu Köningen) (1879-69)
  • John William Wright Patman (1893-1976)
  • Maj. George Smith Patton Jr. (1885-1945)
  • Konrad Pietrzuch (1897-1932)
  • Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946)
  • John Jakob Raskob (1879-1950)
  • Angela Maria “Geli” Raubal (1908-1931)
  • Samuel Taliaferro “Sam” Rayburn (1882-1961)
  • Helene Bertha Amalie “Leni” Riefenstahl (1902-2003)
  • Albert Cabell Ritchie (1876-1936)
  • Joseph Taylor Robinson (1872-1937)
  • William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (1879-1935)
  • Ernst Julius Günther Röhm (1887-1934)
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt (1884-1962)
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
  • Sara Delano Roosevelt (1854-1941)
  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1887-1944)
  • Samuel Irving “Sammy the Rose” Rosenman (1896-1973)
  • Frederic Moseley Sackett Jr. (1868-1941)
  • Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht (1877-1970)
  • Gen. Kurt Friedrich Hermann Ferdinand von Schleicher (1882-1934)
  • Judge Samuel Seabury (1873-1958)
  • Franz Seldte (1882-1947)
  • Alfred Emanuel “The Happy Warrior” Smith (1873-1944)
  • Luise Solmitz (1889-1973)
  • Gregor Strasser (1892-1934)
  • Otto Johann Maximilian Strasser (1897-1974)
  • Ernst Thälmann (1886-1944)
  • Norman Mattoon Thomas (1884-1968)
  • Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961)
  • Rexford Guy Tugwell (1891-1979)
  • James John “Gentleman Jimmy” Walker (1881-1946)  
  • Walter W. “Hot” Waters (1898-1959)
  • James Eli “Sunny Jim” Watson (1864-1948)
  • Bernhard “Isidor” Weiss (1880-1951)
  • Wilhelm II (Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albrecht von Preussen; Frederick William
    Victor Albert of Prussia) (1850-1941)
  • Owen D. Young (1874-1962)
  • Giuseppe Zangara (1900-1933)

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Major German Political Parties

  • National Socialist German Workers Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche
    Arbeiterpartei—NSDAP): the “Nazis.”
  • Social Democratic Party of Germany (Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands—
    SPD): the “Social Democrats” or “Socialists.”
  • Communist Party of Germany (Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands—KPD):
    the Communists.
  • Centre Party (Deutsche Zentrumspartei—Zentrum): the major Catholic party.
  • German National People’s Party (Deutschnationale Volkspartei—DNVP): the
    “Nationalists.”
  • Bavarian People’s Party (Bayerische Volkspartei—BVP): the Bavarian and
    more conservative branch of the Zentrum.
  • German People’s Party (Deutsche Volkspartei—DVP): a right-wing liberal
    party.
  • German State Party (DStP) (until 1930 the German Democratic Party
    [Deutsche Staatspartei]-DDP): a more left-wing liberal party.
  • Christian Social People’s Service (Christlich-Sozialer Volksdienst—CSVD): a
    conservative Protestant Party.
  • Reich Party of the German Middle Class (Reichspartei des deutschen
    Mittelstandes—WP) (until 1925 the Economic Party of the German Middle
    Classes [Wirtschaftspartei des Deutschen Mittelstandes]—WP)—the
    “Economic Party,” a conservative party.
  • Conservative People’s Party (Konservative Volkspartei—KVP)—an ill-fated,
    more moderate offshoot of the DNVP