A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt

A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt

by William D. Pederson
     
 

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The only United States president elected to four terms of office, Franklin Delano Roosevelt shepherded the nation through its most tumultuous period since the Civil War. A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt presents a collection of historiographical essays by leading FDR scholars that provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship on key elements of this

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The only United States president elected to four terms of office, Franklin Delano Roosevelt shepherded the nation through its most tumultuous period since the Civil War. A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt presents a collection of historiographical essays by leading FDR scholars that provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship on key elements of this central figure during the two critical events that shaped the modern world: the Great Depression and World War II.

The essays cover all aspects of FDR's life and times, including his political, military, and economic decisions, fully discussing the scholarship to date as well as sketching out areas in need of further research. Themes and topics range from Roosevelt's health, relationships, Supreme Court packing, to New Deal policies, institutional issues, and international relations. A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt is the most comprehensive and authoritative source on a twentieth-century icon whose optimism and vitality led America from the nadir of the worst depression in world history to the brink of victory over Germany and Japan.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Overall this is a great addition to the literature on Franklin Roosevelt, combining as it does an encapsulation of all the historical research about him and his presidency in every aspect from conservation and the Supreme Court to war policy and relations with Canada.”  (Expofairs, 13 March 2013)

“So librarians who have readers with an interest in this subject should watch out for further books in the series.”  (Reference Reviews, 2012)

"The range of essays, each with endnotes and further readings, is impressive; the book covers not only the usual subjects such as the New Deal, foreign relations, and the presidential elections, but other less discussed issues such as conditions and treatment of minorities and land conservation . . . For serious students of FDR's presidency, from undergraduates to faculty and scholars, this is an indispensable foundational source." (Library Journal, 2011)

Library Journal
Pederson (American Studies Endowed Chair & Director of the International Lincoln Center for American Studies, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport; The FDR Years) presents a comprehensive collection of new essays on all aspects of FDR's presidency. Each writer expertly guides the reader through important themes and areas that have heretofore been in need of further research. The range of essays, each with endnotes and further readings, is impressive; the book covers not only the usual subjects such as the New Deal, foreign relations, and the presidential elections, but other less discussed issues such as conditions and treatment of minorities and land conservation. Some more recent sources for further reading are not here, e.g., Kirstin Downey's The Woman Behind the New Deal. VERDICT As historiographical essays, they are not intended for the lay reader. For serious students of FDR's presidency, from undergraduates to faculty and scholars, this is an indispensable foundational source. [Pederson has been a longtime LJ book reviewer in American history and biography.—Ed.]—Bryan Craig, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444330168
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History Series, #65
Pages:
784
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 2.00(d)

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“This masterful work will be used by all students of the Roosevelt era.  An indispensible guide to FDR's career, it reviews existing analysis of his life and times and raises new questions about the impact of his presidency on the American nation. Relevant to contemporary issues, it brings historical insight to bear on current debates of political leadership and the role of government.” – Maurine H. Beasley, University of Maryland, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady

“These essays covering every relevant topic about FDR are essential in understanding our 32nd president. Pederson’s Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt is a must read for all interested in the presidency, leadership and 20th century history.” – Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and co-editor of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Transformation of the Supreme Court

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