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The defining moment : FDR's hundred days and the triumph of hope

Author: Jonathan Alter
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the story of a political miracle--the perfect match of man and moment. FDR took office in 1933 as America touched bottom. Banks were closing, millions of people lost everything--the Great Depression had caused a national breakdown. Journalist Alter brings us closer than ever before to the Roosevelt magic. Facing the gravest crisis since the Civil War, instead of circumventing Congress and becoming the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Alter, Jonathan.
Defining moment.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2006
(OCoLC)653399094
Named Person: Franklin D Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Alter
ISBN: 0743246004 9780743246002
OCLC Number: 63680088
Description: xvi, 415 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Sunday, March 5, 1933 --
pt. 1: Lightweight steel. Security ; "My boy Franklin" ; "Miss Nancy" ; Eleanor and Sara ; Dilettante ; "The medieval gnome" ; The operator ; The "ghastly affliction" --
Warm Springs dress rehearsal ; "I've got to be it myself" --
pt. 2: The ascent: 1932. "Brother, can you spare a dime?" ; "This doesn't go for above the neck" ; "Try something" for "the forgotten man" ; The Brain Trust ; The hair-splitter ; The "corkscrew candidate" ; Off the reservation ; Flight to Chicago ; The Bonus Army ; The trial of Jimmy Walker ; "Hang Hoover!" --
pt. 3: The crisis: winter 1933. The perfect foil ; Under the mattress ; "Wooden roof" and other cabinetry ; Nearly martyred in Miami ; "Damn the secretary" ; "Gabriel over the White House" ; The hairy hand ; Reluctant First Lady ; "Like hell I will!" --
pt. 4: The Hundred Days. "Fear itself" ; The consecration ; "An injection of adrenalin" ; "Action now" ; That temperament ; Holiday spirit ; "Surpassing charm" ; That voice ; "The chief croupier" ; Roosevelt's "tree army" ; The blue eagle ; Social Security ; "Dr. New Deal" --
Appendix: Inaugural address, March 4, 1933 ; First Fireside Chat, March 12, 1933.
Responsibility: Jonathan Alter.
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