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Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

Author: Robert Dallek
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2018. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Franklin D Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Dallek
ISBN: 9780143111214 0143111213
OCLC Number: 1066134160
Description: x, 692 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations; 22 cm
Contents: Everything to fear --
The making of a patrician --
The making of a politician --
Polio --
"Chameleon on plaid" --
"Instrument of their wishes" --
Mastering Washington "bedlam" --
Triumph of the new order --
Second-term curse --
The worst of times --
Dangers abroad, uncertainties at home --
Faux neutral --
"Safe on third" --
The path to war --
Setbacks and losses: "we might lose this war" --
The end of the beginning --
"High promise of better things" --
"Dr. win the war" --
The "good soldier" --
Winning the war, planning the peace --
Last full measure --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Robert Dallek.

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"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."--

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