Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and deal makerIn 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...

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Title:Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life
Author:Robert Dallek
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Edition Language:English

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life Reviews

  • Tom

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list.

    Of particular interest is the attention Dallek places on FDR's health issues early on in FDR's Prsidency.

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  • Dale

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country.

    I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to have conversations about the following:

    1. Eliminate our hate toward groups (blacks, Jews)

    2. The need to connect with each other versus isolationism

    3. The concern for the Palestine citizen

    4. The importance to keep communi

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country.

    I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to have conversations about the following:

    1. Eliminate our hate toward groups (blacks, Jews)

    2. The need to connect with each other versus isolationism

    3. The concern for the Palestine citizen

    4. The importance to keep communicating with Russia

    5. The role of government

    6. The end of unilateral decisions (internationally)

    FDR - a political genius

  • Joseph J.

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth Davis or Geoffrey Ward; for the Roosevelt marriage consider Blanche Cooke or Joseph Lash. Dallek's volume opens with the dismal conditions in a Depression plagued United States the March 1933 day of FDR's inaugurati

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth Davis or Geoffrey Ward; for the Roosevelt marriage consider Blanche Cooke or Joseph Lash. Dallek's volume opens with the dismal conditions in a Depression plagued United States the March 1933 day of FDR's inauguration. There follows a fast paced overview of FDR's formative years and personal background. The meat of this book is the Presidency. Dallek is superb on FDR's fringe enemies-Huey Long (especially so) and Fr. Coughlin. In a time of financial collapse in an isolationist nation facing a threatening world order, FDR was a consensus builder against ever louder voices. And Dallek details FDR's precarious health and places its beginnings closer to 1940 and the third term run, rather than focusing on his obvious decline during the 1944 campaign. A very heavy smoker trapped in a wheelchair of his own design, Roosevelt suffered a variety of ills, with even hemorrhoids so severe he required blood transfusions. By 1944, perhaps understandably so his D-Day blood pressure was 226/118. An ironically lonely man who gradually lost his trusted disciples (Howe and Missy LeHand), Dallek continues the work of Geoffrey Ward in detailing the importance of Daisy Suckley in FDR's life. His humanity is seen when wheeled into a ward of soldiers missing arms an legs; the wheelchair bound President leaves with tears in his eyes. More has been done on the final days and death at Warm Springs; a small point: Elizabeth Shoumatoff was not working on sketches at FDR's death but actually painting the portrait which remains at Warm Springs. With a focus on Roosevelt the President, Dallek's massive volume will remain the source for viewing one of our greatest Presidents. Indeed, he cites at beginning and end The New York Times judgement at FDR's death that "Men will thank God on their knees 100 years from now, that Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the White House."

  • Casey Wheeler

    I received a free Kindle copy of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek courtesy of Net Galley and Penguin Group Viking, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

    I requested this book as I have an interest in presidential biographies and I have read a number on Franklin Roosevelt. I have re

    I received a free Kindle copy of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek courtesy of Net Galley and Penguin Group Viking, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

    I requested this book as I have an interest in presidential biographies and I have read a number on Franklin Roosevelt. I have read a number of biographies by Robert Dallek.

    This book is well written and well researched as I have found with other biographies that Dallek has written. The main emphasis of the book is on Roosevelt's presidency covering the Great Depression and World War II. He does a good job of covering the political philosophy if FDR and his penchant for being more astute to the political environment than many of is peers. While Dallek does not dwell on FDR's personal life to the extent of some other authors, he does cover the relationships he had with various advisors adequately.

    Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in learning more about the political thinking of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

  • Dave

    Well written and good.

    It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which should be expanded? Social Security expanded into basic income for all seems appropriate. Medicare for all as single payer healthcare is another. More Keynesian economics but paying back the debt in times of high tax r

    Well written and good.

    It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which should be expanded? Social Security expanded into basic income for all seems appropriate. Medicare for all as single payer healthcare is another. More Keynesian economics but paying back the debt in times of high tax receipts. Free undergraduate education. An increase in taxes on those who benefited most from the deficit spending of Reagan onward. Taxed assets? A new CCCC at minimum wage for those who can't find work despite government services? Infrastructure investments. More NASA investments.

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