Robert Klara

Journalist • Historian • Author

FDR’s Funeral Train is a fascinating tale well told. Hop aboard with the skilled storyteller Robert Klara. You’ll be glad you did.”

—James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys, and most recently The Imperial Cruise

“Klara revives a long-forgotten event with precision and pathos, allowing readers a coveted Pullman berth for a ride through three of this country’s darkest yet most formative days.”

— Gay Talese, author of 11 book including Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Honor Thy Father, and A Writer’s Life

“Klara charms as he informs. A little gem.”

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review, January 1, 2010


“Klara has put together a thrilling piece of history that looks at the intense political and social machinations taking place as the nation mourned its president. Sixty five years after FDR’s death, Klara has managed to provide a fresh look at history as well as the political landscape of the 21st century.”

—The Daily Beast, This Week’s Hot Reads, March 18, 2010

“Full of fascinating anecdotes.  This is popular history at its best: engaging, informative and insightful. It is very well written and… a pure pleasure to read… sheds welcome light on a fascinating and largely forgotten episode of American political history.”

The Christian Science Monitor, April 12, 2010

“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, Resident Historian, The History Channel

“No fan of FDR and his presidency can afford to pass up this book.  Robert Klara takes you inside FDR’s funeral train, and into the minds and hearts of those who made the president’s last journey with him.  Klara offers a unique, never-before-told perspective on the sudden transfer of power, the players who wanted to grab some of that power and the widow whose grief was tinged with the bitter taste of betrayal.  A remarkable story by a true storyteller.”

— Lorraine B. Diehl, author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station, The Automat, and Over Here!: New York City During World War II

“A tale that unfolds with all the drama that the subtitle suggests… Klara has recreated the journey in such fascinating, cinematic detail that the luxurious Pullman cars themselves almost seem like characters.”

Hudson Valley magazine, June 2010

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