Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The American Presidents Series: The 32nd President, 1933-1945 [NOOK Book]

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A masterly work by the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill and Gladstone


A protean figure and a man of massive achievement, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only man to be elected to the presidency more than twice. In a ranking of chief executives, no more than three of his predecessors could truly be placed in contention with his standing, and of his successors, there are so far none.


In acute, stylish prose, Roy Jenkins tackles ...

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The American Presidents Series: The 32nd President, 1933-1945

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Overview

A masterly work by the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill and Gladstone


A protean figure and a man of massive achievement, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only man to be elected to the presidency more than twice. In a ranking of chief executives, no more than three of his predecessors could truly be placed in contention with his standing, and of his successors, there are so far none.


In acute, stylish prose, Roy Jenkins tackles all of the nuances and intricacies of FDR's character. He was a skilled politician with astounding flexibility; he oversaw an incomparable mobilization of American industrial and military effort; and, all the while, he aroused great loyalty and dazzled those around him with his personal charm. Despite several setbacks and one apparent catastrophe, his life was buoyed by the influence of Eleanor, who was not only a wife but an adviser and one of the twentieth century's greatest political reformers.


Nearly complete before Jenkins's death in January 2003, this volume was finished by historian Richard Neustadt.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466833074
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: American Presidents Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 348,536
  • File size: 404 KB

Meet the Author

Roy Jenkins was the author of many books, including Churchill and Gladstone , which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he was also the President of the European Commission and Chancellor of Oxford University. In 1987 he took his seat in the House of Lords.


Roy Jenkins was the author of many books, including Churchill and Gladstone, which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he was also the President of the European Commission and Chancellor of Oxford University. In 1987 he took his seat in the House of Lords.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., (1917-2007) was the preeminent political historian of our time. For more than half a century, he was a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He won two Pulitzer prizes for The Age of Jackson (1946) and A Thousand Days (1966), and in 1988 received the National Humanities Medal. He published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.
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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    An aloof book of an aloof president

    I didn’t like this book as much as I have enjoyed reading the other books in the American Presidents Series. The main reason for my dislike was the way the book was written. I consider myself an educated man and I have no problem with looking up words if I don’t understand how they are being used or phrased...and, in some cases, when I have never even heard of a word. However in this book, there were so many words I had to look up that I began to realize that this book was a classic contradiction. For as example, one part of the contradiction comes in to play because FDR is considered heroic for all his social programs he created for the lower-class, yet the lower-class (and perhaps I just found out that I am of this class) would not have understood some of the words that were written such as “materiel” or “eleemosynary”. Secondly, another contradiction was that FDR's main critics during his presidency accused him of being a traitor to his upper class roots which is duly-noted throughout the book by an author who wrote as if the upper-class is the new cheering committee. As for the last contradiction (and maybe this was on purpose), the book seemed to tell an aloof story about an aloof president who didn’t care much for details or micromanaging…yet it was just those very things which changed the country for the better during the course of his time as president.

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