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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    Outstanding Biography of 2nd Greatest President

    This is a brilliant biography of FDR, especially since it was written by a conservative. On the back cover are glowing reviews by conservative intellectuals Henry Kissinger, George Will, and William F. Buckley. It shows Roosevelt to be one of America's 3 greatest presidents; a giant of world history. Historians agree. C-SPAN's survey of presidential historians ranked FDR #2 overall. Roosevelt reversed the collapse of the Great Depression, improved American capitalism to be more stable (leading to decades of prosperity), and tactfully pulled America from isolationism to destroy Hitler's WWII war of global conquest (60 million people died). Black combines the works of dozens of FDR historians into a fascinating biography of Roosevelt. Outstanding!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    A Total Treat

    As I write this, I am in 1942 on page 710 of this massive tome. Do not be put off by its length (or its weight). I have continually found it to be informative and entertaining at the same time, which is a great combination with so many pages at hand. Black employs a writing style that makes this an easy read. He has asides on all of the major players that are perceptive and often barbed. Throughout the book, he develops the major theme of FDR being the consummate leader, of being one who gets out in front of the nation while appearing to follow its lead. While his admiration for FDR is immense, he does not hesitate to point out his deficiencies whenever appropriate. This is a great book for the reader with a love of U.S. history who wants a flowing narrative and not a dry, fact-filled dissertation. I am enjoying it tremendously.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    Autobiography Coming?

    We can only hope that Mr Black gets as good a biographer as he is for FDR! He understands and, strangely enough, empathizes. While obviously not nearly so significant, Mr Black's own life is pretty interesting. Can he stand far enough back to tell us all about it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    The complete Roosevelt Story

    FDR is the most compeling statesmen of the 20th century. Black's biography makes this argument yet shows the humanity of Roosevelt. His magnificent leadership skills and his human foibles. Black is easy to read and when you finish you have a feeling of knowing FDR in an intimate and comprehensive manner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2004

    The fantasy lives on

    I found this a trite piece of fantasy. One I'm certain anyone living in the Eastern Bloc for forty years would find insulting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    What a Book

    I found this to be the best bio I have read in the last year. A truly great book about the greatest President that we as a nation have ever had. This book would make for a great summer read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    Masterful┬┐Insightful┬┐Delightful &Time Well Spent

    It is History without a plodding plot line. It is Biography with exciting detail. It is the best analysis and commentary of how a frightened and prostrate people, were inspired to become the Greatest Generation of the Twentieth Century. Today¿s political pretenders resemble pygmies compared to the Political Titan, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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