Roosevelt and Hopkins: When Censorship Is Good
In reading dozens of books about World War II, I kept coming across references to a ghostly figure named Harry Hopkins. He had no official title, yet his fingerprints were everywhere. It reached a point where I came to understand Hopkins was — unbelievably — a kind of shadow co-president with Franklin D. Roosevelt.
I knew the definitive account was Robert E. Sherwood’s “Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History” published in 1949 and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize the following year.
I downloaded it onto my Kindle and was blown away.
The Amazon Censors
The review ran for a short time, whereupon the title disappeared from Kindle along with my review. I was stunned. I absolutely believe it is the most important book I ever read.
Why would the Amazon censors strike?
Note: I tried to reach someone in authority at Amazon, but they are all hiding under digital rocks. My theory of what happened:
Below is the last paragraph of my review.
“NOTE: I ordered this on Kindle. It was scanned but not edited. It is filled with typos and occasional gibberish. Do not be deterred. Soldier on. Next to Roosevelt and Hopkins, Obama and Jarrett are a joke.”
With all these typos and errors, this was the work of an amateur. No self-respecting publisher would allow this gobbledygook in the text. Nor would a Robert E. Sherwood family member permit these errors.
Chances are the book was scanned and sent in for Kindle publication by a petty thief — who disregarded U.S. Copyright Laws — and was on the hunt for free royalty money.
About Copyright — A Lightning Fast Digression
You are invited to check out my 2007 story of Kessinger Publishing of Whitefish, Montana. This husband and wife team is in the business of stealing works in copyright and hoping nobody will notice. In this case they stole my father’s biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Kessingers’ pirated edition is still being offered for sale on the Internet.