Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Roy Jenkins
The American Presidents Series: The 32nd President, 1933-1945

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A masterly work by the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill and Gladstone



A protean figure and a man of massive achievement, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only man to be elected to the presidency more than twice. In a ranking of chief executives, no more than three of his predecessors could truly be placed in contention with his standing, and of his successors, there are so far none.



In acute, stylish prose, Roy Jenkins tackles all of the nuances and intricacies of FDR's character. He was a skilled politician with astounding flexibility; he oversaw an incomparable mobilization of American industrial and military effort; and, all the while, he aroused great loyalty and dazzled those around him with his personal charm. Despite several setbacks and one apparent catastrophe, his life was buoyed by the influence of Eleanor, who was not only a wife but an adviser and one of the twentieth century's greatest political reformers.



Nearly complete before Jenkins's death in January 2003, this volume was finished by historian Richard Neustadt.



 

About Roy Jenkins

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Roy Jenkins was the author of many books, including Churchill and Gladstone , which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he was also the President of the European Commission and Chancellor of Oxford University. In 1987 he took his seat in the House of Lords.
 
Published December 1, 2004 by Times Books. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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One of America's greatest presidents becomes a barely recognizable caricature.

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Distinguished British historian Jenkins (author of the recent bestselling biography Churchill) died in January 2003. He left this brief biography of FDR for Arthu

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The book reveals FDR in his remarkable political achievements and his equally stunning missteps, examining how these contributed to his development into the pre-eminent world leader in World War II and resulted in making the United States the dominant force in world affairs, a role it retains today.

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Spectator Book Club

For all that, the book is well worth reading, as is the fascinating discovery, long after his death, of the reminiscences by Robert Jackson, FDR’s Attorney General, a Supreme Court Justice, and maybe the closest friend of the president to have written about him.

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We are also told that the special train on which FDR campaigned in 1938 ‘jogged along (never faster than 35 miles an hour) ...’, and then, 37 pages later, that he campaigned again at the next midterm elections in 1942 ‘and travelled 8,754 miles (at never more than 35 miles an hour) ...’, so we ma...

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Some very eminent writers dabbled in politics — Marvell, Sheridan, Mill and Belloc all sat as MPs (there’s a quiz question in that) — and some professional politicians have had literary aspirations.

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