One of today's premier biographers, Jean Edward Smith, has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt's restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life. Smith recounts FDR's personal battles and also tackles head-on and in depth the numerous failures and miscues of Roosevelt's political career. Summing up Roosevelt's legacy, Smith gives us the clearest picture yet of how this quintessential Knickerbocker aristocrat became the common man's president. The result is a powerful account that adds fresh perspectives and draws profound conclusions about a man whose story is widely known but far less well understood. Written for the general public and scholars alike, FDR is a stunning biography in every way worthy of its subject.
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by Jean Edward Smith
by Edward Slingerland
by Edward O. Thorp
by Sally Bedell Smith
by James Reston, Jr.
by Larry Tye
by Edward G. Lengel
by Edward Humes
by Phil Town
by James D. Hornfischer
"Plain prose plainly read is the virtue of Marc Cashman's fine rendition of Smith's full-scale biography. Smith covers every aspect of FDR and Eleanor's public and private lives, with an admiration that clarifies rather than buffers the truth of these two complex personalities and their careers. The biography is also an effective prism with which to view two World Wars, the Great Depression, and the emergence of the American military and industrial state. That tall order is served well by the stamina and conviction of Cashman's voice, which has the distinctive inflection of a period radio voice. Appropriately, one of this book's themes is the role of the media--in this case, radio--in shaping modern politics and statecraft. FDR was the first U.S. president to have the ability to address the nation live, a skill at which he excelled above all presidents. D.A.W. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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