FDR and His Enemies by Albert Fried

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During Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, America was riven by a level of conflict unseen since the Civil War. Roosevelt's bold initiatives and his willingness to break historic precedent in handling the Great Depression and the coming of World War II were challenged by giant figures of the era, powerful public men each with their own fierce constituencies. Albert Fried brings out the tremendous drama in Roosevelt's ideological and personal struggle with five influential men: ex-New York governor and presidential candidate Al Smith, the enormously popular "radio priest" Charles E. Coughlin, Louisiana Senator Huey Long, labor champion John L. Lewis, and the universally adored aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. An enthralling story of a critical period in this century's history, FDR and His Enemies reveals the intellectual, moral, and tactical underpinnings of the great debate in which Roosevelt triumphed.

About Albert Fried

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Albert Fried is Professor of history at the State University of New York, Purchase. He has published many books and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent works are "Communism in America; McCarthyism: The Great American Red Scare;" and "The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster in America,"
Published September 1, 1999 by St. Martin's Press. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Another, a demagogic loose cannon, was Louisiana’s Huey Long, who, probably happily for FDR and the country, met death by assassination before he could more directly threaten FDR’s presidency.

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Starting from the premise that the legacy of a public figure is largely defined by the quality and number of his enemies, Fried (Communism in America, etc.) views the successes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt through the lens of his triumphs over five prominent foes: Al Smith, New York governor and ...

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Overall, Fried lays out very clearly the contrast between Roosevelt's drive to support Britain in "her lonely, desperate resistance to Nazi Germany" (209), Coughlin's staunch isolationism in the face of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Lindbergh's anti-Semitic argument that the Jews were "trying t...

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