Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

by Conrad Black
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586482823

ISBN-13: 2901586482823

Pub. Date: 03/16/2005

Publisher: PublicAffairs

In this magisterial biography, Conrad Black makes a compelling case for Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the most important figure of the twentieth century, the nation's most accomplished leader since Abraham Lincoln, and one of America's greatest presidents. How could this man, whose life nearly ended with an illness at age thirty-nine, have accomplished so much as a

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In this magisterial biography, Conrad Black makes a compelling case for Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the most important figure of the twentieth century, the nation's most accomplished leader since Abraham Lincoln, and one of America's greatest presidents. How could this man, whose life nearly ended with an illness at age thirty-nine, have accomplished so much as a politician, war leader, strategist, and global visionary? The sheer scope of FDR's life and achievements has deterred many historians and biographers from attempting a comprehensive biography. Conrad Black has risen to the challenge. He is masterful on the public and wise on the private Roosevelt, telling us how this privileged, seemingly facile young man became the vigorous young president and then the redoubtable older president. Roosevelt was underestimated as a young man and, as Black makes clear, continues, incredibly, to be underestimated. FDR's life was distinguished by the variety and totality of his achievements. Here that life is revealed in a work that is as comprehensive, ambitious, and surprising as the man it describes.

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ISBN-13:
2901586482823
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
03/16/2005
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
1328

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Part IThe Predestined Squire, 1882-1932
Chapter 1"I Like You and Trust You and Believe in You...and Golden Years Open before You"3
Chapter 2"The Hardest Trader I've Ever Run Against"45
Chapter 3"That Battle Can Still Be Won"85
Chapter 4"Trial By Fire"137
Chapter 5"Devote That Intelligent Mind of Yours to the Problems of the State"178
Part IIThe Great Depression and the New Deal, 1932-1938
Chapter 6"Stay Alive 'til November"225
Chapter 7"His Essence Was Force...the Relish of Power, and Command"268
Chapter 8"Never Let Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand Is Doing"317
Chapter 9"Franklin Is on His Own Now"364
Chapter 10"Save the Constitution From the Court and the Court From Itself"404
Part IIIToward the Rendezvous with Destiny-Undeclared War, 1938-1941
Chapter 11"I Believe It Is Peace in Our Time"455
Chapter 12"Mr. Roosevelt, You Perhaps Believe That Your Intervention...Can Be Effective Anywhere"507
Chapter 13"They Are Already Almost at the Boats!"549
Chapter 14"Whither Thou Goest, I Go...Even to the End"601
Chapter 15President Roosevelt Will "Make War without Declaring It"648
Part IVDay of Infamy and Years of Courage, 1941-1944
Chapter 16"We Shall Never Cease...Until They Have Been Taught a Lesson They and the World Will Never Forget"683
Chapter 17"Why Are You So Afraid of the Germans? Troops Must Be Blooded in Battle"728
Chapter 18"He Is the Greatest Man I Have Ever Known"764
Chapter 19"Roosevelt Recognized the Importance of Capturing Berlin as Both a Political and a Psychological Factor"808
Chapter 20"Always the Underdog...I am Sick at Heart at the Mistakes and Lost Opportunities that are so Prevalent"849
Part VPax Americana, 1944-
Chapter 21"OK, Let's Go"901
Chapter 22"It Was Difficult to Contradict This Artist, This Seducer"947
Chapter 23"Where Is Task Force 34, the World Wonders?"998
Chapter 24"In His Sensitive Hands Lay Much of the World's Fate"1041
Chapter 25"His Voice Is Silent But His Courage Is Not Spent"1091
Notes1135
Bibliography1187
Photo Credits1215
Index1217

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