The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America

The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America

by James MacGregor Burns, Susan Dunn
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The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America by James MacGregor Burns, Susan Dunn


The Three Roosevelts is the extraordinary political biography of the intertwining lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who emerged from the closed society of New York's Knickerbocker elite to become the most prominent American political family of the twentieth century. As Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author James MacGregor Burns and acclaimed historian Susan Dunn follow the evolution of the Roosevelt political philosophy, they illuminate how Theodore's example of dynamic leadership would later inspire the careers of his distant cousin Franklin and his niece Eleanor, who together forged a progressive political legacy that reverberated throughout the world. Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt led America through some of the most turbulent times in its history. The Three Roosevelts takes readers on an exhilarating voyage through these tumultuous decades of our nation's past, and these momentous events are seen through the Roosevelts' eyes, their actions, and their passions. Insightful and authoritative, this is a fascinating portrait of three of America's greatest leaders, whose legacy is as controversial today as their vigorous brand of forward-looking politics was in their own lifetimes. "A remarkable example of narrative and biographical history at its best." -- Bruce Clayton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "No one has written more trenchantly about Franklin Roosevelt and American politics ... than James MacGregor Burns...." -- H. W. Brands, The Raleigh News & Observer "A detailed study.... Written with impeccable scholarship." -- Malinda Nash, Houston Chronicle

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ISBN-13: 9780802138729
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 306,359
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.80(d)

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The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn, Democrats by conviction, give an unequal account of the life of three Roosevelts by dedicating most of their biography to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. MacGregor Burns and Dunn show their audience how these three patricians left behind a relatively easy life to descend into the arena of politics. Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt had to overcome their prejudices about other classes, religions, ethnicities and races to get an understanding of the issues at hand and, at times make, painful compromises to get things done. MacGregor Burns and Dunn explain to their readers that the three Roosevelts have ultimately left an indelible imprint on the psyche of the nation by each setting an example of transformational leadership. On the domestic front, the country has been working on the best possible reconciliation of the respective interests of business, labor and consumers as well as the rights and duties of its respective races and ethnicities. Abroad, the country has weighed the pros and cons of an interventionist policy on a case-by-case basis to safeguard its vital interests, and to advance the cause of a world that espouses the values of responsible democracy and capitalism.
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This book was interesting, but was hard to follow at times. Kept jumping from Teddy Roosevelt to FDR to Eleanor, then back again. I enjoyed the historical references though.
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One survived out of a most desfunctional family of brothers as did the niece who went to the mother in law from h plus a husband crippled with two other great loves and the brillant cripple who hated aged disability what all three managed to do is certainly three miracles