Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

by Dallek, Robert,

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A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and deal maker

In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus maker. Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers: how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country's economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country's foreign relations?

For FDR, politics was a far more interesting and fulfilling pursuit than the management of family fortunes or the indulgence of personal pleasure, and by the time he became president, he had commanded the love and affection of millions of people. While all Roosevelt's biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek sees the affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms, initiate landmark reforms that changed the American industrial system, and transform an isolationist country into an international superpower.

Dallek attributes FDR's success to two remarkable political insights. First, unlike any other president, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building a national consensus and commanding stable long-term popular support. Second, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in modern America's political system. In addressing the country's international and domestic problems, Roosevelt recognized the vital importance of remaining closely attentive to the full range of public sentiment around policy-making decisions--perhaps FDR's most enduring lesson in effective leadership.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Dallek, among our leading presidential biographers (JFK, LBJ), now takes on the daunting task of providing a comprehensive one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He succeeds in presenting the abundance of information in a flowing and highly readable narrative, and he supports FDR's story with memorable sketches of the president's many associates Harry Hopkins and Louis Howe, among them his varied opponents, the foreign leaders who served opposite him (Dallek is particularly good on Churchill), and many others. Eleanor, too, is portrayed in full, complete with a notably honest account of her marriage to Franklin. Among this book's other strengths are the coverage of the isolationists who opposed America's entry into WWII, the lead-up to the cross-channel invasion, and FDR's paralysis, especially the manner in which he handled it and the ways in which it shaped him. His leadership skills and communication, including his use of radio, are also discussed intelligently. Dallek admires FDR's experimental temper even in the absence of a preconceived plan, say, for the New Deal. The book is drawn largely from secondary works (a notable exception being letters between FDR and his distant cousin Daisy, quotations from which enhance the personal dimension). It is the nature of biographies of this type to bypass the negative, but we are reminded that FDR's role regarding refugee Jews, the internment of Japanese-Americans, and the treatment of African Americans was less than noble. In all, a first-rate biography and a must-buy for most public-library history collections.--Levine, Mark Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Dallek (Camelot's Court), an acclaimed biographer of earlier American presidents, covers nearly every aspect of F.D.R.'s life in a characteristically adroit work that is balanced in coverage and prudent in assessment. While Dallek does not add in any major way to existing knowledge of F.D.R., his emphasis falls on the two great crises of F.D.R.'s presidency-the Depression and WWII-and highlights F.D.R.'s emergence as a skillful politician. Given the book's paucity of attention to issues regarding women, people of color, the environment, and civil and human rights, it's not quite the timely work it is being framed as. When those issues arise it's within chronological coverage of the New Deal and war. Readers may tire from the book's relentless parade of declarative statements, though few will challenge Dallek's characterization of Roosevelt as "an instinctively brilliant politician" and all will benefit from Dallek's principal addition to earlier works on F.D.R.: the convincing argument that as early as May 1943 F.D.R. was showing signs of the illness that would kill him. The result is a comprehensive retelling of a major American life that will rank among the standard biographies of its subject. Agent: John W. Wright, John Wright Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs.
Subjects Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Large type books.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1919-1933.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich. :2018.
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Description 1049 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 973-1045).
ISBN 9781432846428
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