Franklin D. Roosevelt grew up in wealthy circumstances and traveled widely as a child. He went to boarding school, then to Harvard. In his junior year, FDR renewed his acquaintance with Eleanor Roosevelt, a distant cousin. They married in 1905, and had five children. FDR began his political career in the New York Senate but left when he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913. He served in this position throughout World War I. In 1921, when he was 39, he contracted polio, which left him unable to walk. In 1924, FDR re-entered the national political scene at the Democratic National Convention. In 1928, he was elected Governor of New York and led efforts to provide social programs and relief to thousands of jobless people after the stock market crash of 1929. In 1933, he began his first term as President of the United States. From this national stage, he led the country out of the Great Depression. Many of his programs, such as the FDIC and Social Security, are still in wide use today. During his four terms as president, FDR led the United States through World War II. He died on April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia, just weeks before the surrender, first of Germany, then of Japan. At the end of the book is a timeline for FDR that includes major world events, a short list of major events in his life, a brief "Life at a Glance," recommended readings, additional sources (Web sites and historic sites), a glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, and an index. This book, part of the "Signature Lives/Modern America" series, is well illustrated with photographs and is an excellent study of an important American figure. It would be a great addition to any classroom and/orlibrary. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 14 up.
Gr 4-8-Report writers will appreciate the approachable writing style, sidebar "Fast Facts," and high-quality photos and illustrations in these titles. Both books discuss the men's lives before they stepped onto the world stage, and how events in them affected their work. All of their triumphs and failures, lost elections, and health crises are explored and organized in a logical manner. Haugen includes excerpts from Roosevelt's and Churchill's speeches and writings, shaping a clearer view of these leaders. The slim volumes belie a wealth of information and should prove more than sufficient for reports or for general readers.-Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.