A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt

A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt

by William D. Pederson
     
 

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A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt presents a collection of historiographical essays by leading scholars that provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship on the president who led the United States through the tumultuous period from the Great Depression to the waning days of World War II.

  • Represents a state-of-the-art assessment of current

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A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt presents a collection of historiographical essays by leading scholars that provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship on the president who led the United States through the tumultuous period from the Great Depression to the waning days of World War II.

  • Represents a state-of-the-art assessment of current scholarship on FDR, the only president elected to four terms of office and the central figure in key events of the first half of the 20th century
  • Covers all aspects of FDR's life and times, from his health, relationships, and Supreme Court packing, to New Deal policies, institutional issues, and international relations
  • Features 35 essays by leading FDR scholars

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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

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)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“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

Meet the Author

William D. Pederson is the American Studies Endowed Chair, Professor, and Director of the International Lincoln Center for American Studies at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. His most recent publications include James Madison (2008) and Lincoln Lessons (2009).

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