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Posted January 14, 2012
An aloof book of an aloof president
I didn’t like this book as much as I have enjoyed reading the other books in the American Presidents Series. The main reason for my dislike was the way the book was written. I consider myself an educated man and I have no problem with looking up words if I don’t understand how they are being used or phrased...and, in some cases, when I have never even heard of a word. However in this book, there were so many words I had to look up that I began to realize that this book was a classic contradiction. For as example, one part of the contradiction comes in to play because FDR is considered heroic for all his social programs he created for the lower-class, yet the lower-class (and perhaps I just found out that I am of this class) would not have understood some of the words that were written such as “materiel” or “eleemosynary”. Secondly, another contradiction was that FDR's main critics during his presidency accused him of being a traitor to his upper class roots which is duly-noted throughout the book by an author who wrote as if the upper-class is the new cheering committee. As for the last contradiction (and maybe this was on purpose), the book seemed to tell an aloof story about an aloof president who didn’t care much for details or micromanaging…yet it was just those very things which changed the country for the better during the course of his time as president.
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Posted December 29, 2012
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