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Kenneth S. Davis: Novelist Trapped in History

A Prophet & The Hero

Adlai E. Stevenson

From 1955-1956, Davis was a member of Presidential Candidate Adlai E. Stevenson's personal staff as a speech writer and advisor. In 1962, Adlai Stevenson promoted him as a member of The Century Club in New York.

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Kenneth S. Davis. A Prophet in His Own Country: The Triumphs and Defeats of Adlai E. Stevenson. (Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc.), 1957

Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (February 5, 1900-July 14, 1965) was an American politician, noted for his intellectual demeanor and advocacy of liberal causes in the Democratic Party. He served one term as governor of Illinois and ran, unsuccessfully, for president against Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956. He served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1961 to 1965.

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Kenneth S. Davis. The Politics of Honor: A Biography of Adlai E. Stevenson. (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons), 1957, 1967.

Stevenson "loved the sad wail of a distant train whistle in the night. He would always love it. In the 1950's, as a mature man, one of his regrets about 'Progress' would be that it banished steam locomotives from the nation's railways, and with them the long aching evocative calls of steam whistles across lonely miles of prairie."

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Charles A. Lindbergh

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Kenneth S. Davis. The Hero: Charles A. Lindbergh and the American Dream. (Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc.), 1959.

On May 27, 1960, Davis was awarded a "Honorable Mention of the THORMOD MONSEN AWARD" by The Society of Midland Authors in Chicago.

letter, 25 Jan 1987
Raymond Fredette wrote in the second paragraph "The Lindbergh critique, as you will see, is very lengthy." Lindbergh's critique of Davis' book The Hero is 79 pages and is located in Davis' papers, Box 50, Folder 11.

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Kenneth S. Davis. Flight to Glory: The Story of Charles A. Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis. (Garden City, NY: Garden City Books), 1960

"To the screaming hundred thousands, he [Lindbergh] was a god who has accomplished a saving miracle and now could do no wrong. To himself, he was a man who had set himself the most dangerous and difficult task his profession offered and had mastered it. He wanted recognition for what he had done; he had made a contribution to aviation and deserved, he felt, a measure of honor and respect from his fellows."

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Lindbergh Story Told with Fine Illustrations

Flight to Glory, by Kenneth S. Davis. Doubleday & Company Incorporated, 575 Madison Avenue, New York 22. $2.95

This is an excitingly written and handsomely illustrated version of the Charles A. Lindbergh story—the part about his early life and historic flight to Paris. The book is written for youngsters aged 8 to 14, but oldsters will enjoy reliving the "We" days, too.

Wichita Eagle, December 20, 1960