Alonzo L. Hamby
The Fall Of The House Of Rooseveltby Michael Janeway
In the 1930s a band of smart and able young men, some still in their twenties, helped Franklin D. Roosevelt transform an American nation in crisis. They were the junior officers of the New Deal. Thomas G. Corcoran, Benjamin V. Cohen, William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, and James Rowe helped FDR build the modern Democratic Party into a progressive coalition whose… See more details below
In the 1930s a band of smart and able young men, some still in their twenties, helped Franklin D. Roosevelt transform an American nation in crisis. They were the junior officers of the New Deal. Thomas G. Corcoran, Benjamin V. Cohen, William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, and James Rowe helped FDR build the modern Democratic Party into a progressive coalition whose command over power and ideas during the next three decades seemed politically invincible.
This is the first book about this group of Rooseveltians and their linkage to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and the Vietnam War debacle. Michael Janeway grew up inside this world. His father, Eliot Janeway, business editor of Time and a star writer for Fortune and Life magazines, was part of this circle, strategizing and practicing politics as well as reporting on these men. Drawing on his intimate knowledge of events and previously unavailable private letters and other documents, Janeway crafts a riveting account of the exercise of power during the New Deal and its aftermath. He shows how these men were at the nexus of reform impulses at the electoral level with reform thinking in the social sciences and the law and explains how this potent fusion helped build the contemporary American state. Since that time efforts to reinvent government by "brains trust" have largely failed in the U.S. In the last quarter of the twentieth century American politics ceased to function as a blend of broad coalition building and reform agenda setting, rooted in a consensus of belief in the efficacy of modern government.
Can a progressive coalition of ideas and power come together again? The Fall of the House of Roosevelt makes such a prospect both alluring and daunting.
Bruce M. Stave
John S. Monagan
Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett
Lewis L. Gould
- Columbia University Press
- Publication date:
- Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History Series
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 0.66(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
What People are saying about this
The Fall of the House of Roosevelt sheds fresh light on two of the most important presidencies of the twentieth century, Franklin Roosevelt's and Lyndon Johnson's--Roosevelt's by reminding us how important the wheeling-dealing element of the New Deal was, and Johnson's by making it clear that a group of powerful men around him perceived it as a New Deal restoration. This is an affecting, wise and self-aware family memoir that is also a fascinating portrait of an under-chronicled coterie whose members started out as bright young idealists and wound up as something far less attractive.
Nicholas Lemann, author of The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America
Michael Janeway's book is a fascinating, intimate portrait of the men who made the New Deal, from William O. Douglas to Lyndon Johnson. It's a family memoir as well as a history, for the author's father was one of them, a brilliant complicated man who knew everyone's secrets but kept his own past secret even from his children. This wonderfully well-written book is moving as well as well as revealing.
Frances FitzGerald, author of Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War
A sensitive and engaging portrait that conveys the energy, commitment and ambition that first brought together and then split apart an extraordinary network of people. Janeway's compelling description of his own father's role within the world of New Deal liberals is invaluable in suggesting how these men and women exercised influence in a now largely vanished political world. The Fall of the House of Roosevelt is a book of great importance to scholars as well as to the larger public.
Alan Brinkley, author of The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War
Michael Janeway brilliantly conveys the sense of what it was to be a New Deal insider and operator in a mesmerizing and moving group biography and family memoir. This book will make even the most jaded New Deal experts understand the period in an entirely new way.
Laura Kalman, author of Abe Fortas: A Biography
Meet the Author
Michael Janeway is professor of journalism and arts at Columbia University and is the author of Republic of Denial: Press, Politics, and Public Life. He has been special assistant to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, editor of The Boston Globe, and dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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