Robert Klara

Journalist • Historian • Author

And there was the body of Franklin Roosevelt himself, lying in a copper casket under 24-hour guard in the Pullman car Conneaut. The intrigue of the funeral train would include even the dead president, for some aboard whispered that the body in FDR’s coffin did not belong to him.Funeral Train

These are but a few of the stories to unfold during the most secretive, complex, and dangerous railroad journey of the American 20th Century. Researcher, journalist, and historian Robert Klara spent well over a year tracking down the long-lost memoirs and journals of the passengers, and sifting through stacks of declassified Secret Service documents. The result is the first-ever, book-length account of what happened when the most powerful men in the free world crowded aboard 18 opulent Pullman cars and took a trip amid the darkest days of World War II. Moving, shocking, and fully documented, FDR’s Funeral Train is the first book of its kind.

What the critics say…

“Robert Klara’s FDR’s Funeral Train is a well-written and vivid account of America’s greatest national mourning since Abraham Lincoln was shot.  Every page here is illuminating.  At times Klara practically transports the reader back to 1945.  A major new contribution to U.S. history.”

— Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

“With great skill and riveting detail, Robert Klara uses a three-day train journey to provide readers with a fascinating glimpse into the inner-workings of the Washington elite in the days after FDR’s death. This fast-paced narrative is filled with vivid portraits and plenty of intrigue. It also manages to shed new light on a critical moment in our nation’s history.”

—Steve Gillon, author of 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America and Resident Historian, The History Channel

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