Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedomby Conrad Black
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.
....Encyclopedic in detail, Lord Black's work is also packed with droit du seigneur conceit and abandon. It gives off the familiar air of vanity publishing; the touch of the haughty proprietor who's read a lot. Michael Janeway
....For those with enough time and interest in the subject to warrant going through a study of much more than a thousand pages, Black's biography is worth reading. But most readers, as well as professional historians, will find Justice Jackson's "insider's portrait" of Roosevelt of greater interest. Robert S. McElvaine
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Meet the Author
Conrad Black was the chairman and chief executive officer of Hollinger International Inc., among whose newspaper holdings are the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator in London, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Jerusalem Post. He is the author of two previous books published in Canada and became a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour in 2001. He divides his time between London, Toronto, and New York.
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