Man of destiny : FDR and the making of the American century

by Hamby, Alonzo L.,

Format: Print Book 2015
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E807.H323 2015
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Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E807.H323 2015
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 973.917 H19
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Collection  Nonfiction
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No president looms larger in twentieth-century American history than Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and few life stories can match his for sheer drama. Following in the footsteps of his Republican cousin President Theodore Roosevelt, FDR devoted himself to politics as a Democrat and a true man of the people. Eventually setting his sights on the presidency, he was elected to office in 1932 by a nation that was mired in the Great Depression and desperate for revival.As the distinguished historian Alonzo Hamby argues in this authoritative biography, FDR's record as president was more mixed than we are often led to believe. The New Deal provided much-needed assistance to millions of Americans, but failed to restore prosperity, and while FDR became an outstanding commander-in-chief during World War II, his plans for the postwar world were seriously flawed. No less perceptive is Hamby's account of FDR's private life, which explores the dynamics of his marriage and his romance with his wife's secretary, Lucy Mercer. Hamby documents FDR's final months in intimate detail, claiming that his perseverance, despite his serious illness, not only shaped his presidency, but must be counted as one of the twentieth century's great feats of endurance.Hamby reveals a man whose personality,egocentric, undisciplined in his personal appetites, at times a callous user of aides and associates, yet philanthropic and caring for his nation's underdogs,shaped his immense legacy. Man of Destiny is a measured account of the life, both personal and public, of the most important American leader of the twentieth century.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Seventy years after his death, it is likely difficult for millennials or Generation Xers to appreciate the impact FDR and his policies had upon the lives of Americans for whom he served as president more than 12 years. Hamby, professor emeritus of history at Ohio University, was a young child when he heard of Roosevelt's death. His parents' reaction and their love for Roosevelt engendered Hamby's lifelong interest in the man. His conventional, chronological biography offers several interesting insights into Roosevelt as a man and as a politician. Although he was raised as a classic blue blood, Roosevelt also was imbued with a strong sense of public duty as well as social conscience. He was a natural politician, who seemed to radiate warmth and interest in others. Yet he was basically a solitary figure, who kept his deepest emotions to himself. Although his enemies and even some friends sometimes questioned his sincere concern for others, Hamby sees nothing phony about his appreciation for the suffering of the downtrodden and his genuine hostility towards the economic royalists who fought the New Deal. This is an easily digestible, well-researched account that is ideal for general readers.--Freeman, Jay Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "For those unfamiliar with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's carefully calculated journey to the Oval Office, Hamby (Man of the People) presents a reliable one-volume introduction to the ebullient New York governor who became the 32nd president of the U.S. Hamby, an Ohio University emeritus professor of history, hues closely to the well-established outlines of the Roosevelt's life and times, sketching out how the highborn New Yorker plowed ahead in the backslapping world of New York state politics to emerge as an effective, almost iconic leader during America's darkest times: the Great Depression and WWII. Much of the book is well-trod territory: F.D.R.'s domestic overreach in his alphabet soup of new federal agencies, his attempt to "pack" the Supreme Court, and his misplaced trust in Soviet leader Josef Stalin's handling of Eastern Europe. Roosevelt's personal sacrifices receive brief treatments: after contracting polio, F.D.R. set up a spa for polio victims in Georgia; he also managed to maintain a professional relationship with his emotionally distant wife, Eleanor, while seeking solace from long-time mistress Lucy Mercer Rutherford. Hamby's work feels oddly old-fashioned, particularly in its outdated language, but it could be of use to some readers. Agent: Donald Lamm, Fletcher & Company. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Biography.
New Deal, 1933-1939.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Publisher New York :2015
Language English
Description x, 500 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-484) and index.
ISBN 9780465028603
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