Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

by Conrad Black
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

by Conrad Black



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Franklin Delano Roosevelt stands astride American history like a colossus, having pulled the nation out of the Great Depression and led it to victory in the Second World War. Elected to four terms as president, he transformed an inward-looking country into the greatest superpower the world had ever known. Only Abraham Lincoln did more to save America from destruction. But FDR is such a large figure that historians tend to take him as part of the landscape, focusing on smaller aspects of his achievements or carping about where he ought to have done things differently. Few have tried to assess the totality of FDR's life and career.

Conrad Black rises to the challenge. In this magisterial biography, Black makes the case that FDR was the most important person of the twentieth century, transforming his nation and the world through his unparalleled skill as a domestic politician, war leader, strategist, and global visionary -- all of which he accomplished despite a physical infirmity that could easily have ended his public life at age thirty-nine. Black also takes on the great critics of FDR, especially those who accuse him of betraying the West at Yalta. Black opens a new chapter in our understanding of this great man, whose example is even more inspiring as a new generation embarks on its own rendezvous with destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610392136
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: eBook
Pages: 1328
File size: 6 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

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
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