Traitor to His Class by H.W. Brands
The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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A brilliant evocation of the qualities that made FDR one of the most beloved and greatest of American presidents.
 
Drawing on archival material, public speeches, correspondence and accounts by those closest to Roosevelt early in his career and during his presidency, H. W. Brands shows how Roosevelt transformed American government during the Depression with his New Deal legislation, and carefully managed the country's prelude to war. Brands shows how Roosevelt's friendship and regard for Winston Churchill helped to forge one of the greatest alliances in history, as Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin maneuvered to defeat Germany and prepare for post-war Europe.




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About H.W. Brands

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H. W. BRANDS is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and again for Traitor to His Class. His website is www.hwbrands.com.


















Author Residence: Austin, TX
 
Published November 4, 2008 by Anchor. 914 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A thoroughly readable, scrupulously fair assessment of the one president who could inspire a Mt.

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The author explains the birth of that era and how the vast expansion of the federal government and executive power was attributable to the imagination, discipline, drive and, to the great frustration of his enemies, popularity of the 20th century’s most consequential president.

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It is unfortunate for University of Texas historian Brands (Andrew Jackson ) that his serviceable biography of Franklin Roosevelt comes on the heels of Jean Smith's magisterial Francis Parkman Prize winner, FDR (2007).

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Book Reporter

Brands deftly crafts a neutral way to describe this, dubbing FDR “artful” in preserving his “intellectual autonomy.” He was, says Brands, “a politician, not an ideologue.” The wide-ranging array of New Deal programs with which he fought against the Depression were, in Brands’s phrase “extemporane...

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Christian Science Monitor

The books that examine the life and presidency of Franklin Roosevelt could easily fill a small library and it’s hard to imagine that another biography of this iconic figure would add much to our understanding of his life and work.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Similarly, critics never tired of pointing out all the challenges Brands must have faced in writing a one-volume biography of the man: how to synthesize the private and the public lives of a man who left no journal or memoirs, yet whose story seems so necessary to imagine a way to overcome the ma...

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World War II Database

For example, Brands hailed Roosevelt's political move to increase the size of the Supreme Court as a practical move when it was borderlining unconstitutional, meanwhile, Roosevelt's lack of attention for the American possession of the Philippines and the over-attentiveness to the brutal Soviet re...

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