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Franklin Delano Roosevelt / Roy Jenkins ; completed with the assistance of Richard E. Neustadt.

By: Jenkins, Roy, 1920-2003.
Contributor(s): Neustadt, Richard E.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm)): Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2003Edition: 1st ed.Description: xvii, 186 p. : port. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0805069593; 9780805069594.Subject(s): Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 | Presidents -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification: 973.917/092 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Editor's note -- A note on the text -- Roosevelt cousins -- Portrait of a marriage that became crippled -- From Albany to the White House -- The exciting ambiguities of the first term -- Setbacks : political and economic -- Backing into war -- The hard-fought years : December 1941-July 1944 -- Death on the verge of victory -- Milestones -- Selected bibliography -- Index.
Review: "Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a statesman whose massive achievements tower over the twentieth century. In a ranking of American presidents, he is rivaled only by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. He was elected to an unprecedented four terms in office, and his accomplishments in leading the nation through depression and world war resonate to this day." "Roosevelt's presidency was one of the most eventful in U.S. history. He took office in the midst of economic crisis: the stock market had crashed, the banking system had collapsed, and millions of Americans were unemployed. Galvanizing the nation with his 1933 inaugural address and with a flurry of legislation in the First Hundred Days, Roosevelt demonstrated an optimism and resolve that garnered quick support for his administration and for the programs that he called the New Deal. And he was the first president truly to understand the power of the new mass media, rallying the nation through "fireside chats" on the radio and speeches that were the mainstay of movie house newsreels." "Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the dominant president of the twentieth century and helped the United States become the most influential world power. Roy Jenkins's assessment enables us to understand how he accomplished this and why he still stands tall in our estimation today."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-178) and index.

Editor's note -- A note on the text -- 1. Roosevelt cousins -- 2. Portrait of a marriage that became crippled -- 3. From Albany to the White House -- 4. The exciting ambiguities of the first term -- 5. Setbacks : political and economic -- 6. Backing into war -- 7. The hard-fought years : December 1941-July 1944 -- 8. Death on the verge of victory -- Milestones -- Selected bibliography -- Index.

"Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a statesman whose massive achievements tower over the twentieth century. In a ranking of American presidents, he is rivaled only by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. He was elected to an unprecedented four terms in office, and his accomplishments in leading the nation through depression and world war resonate to this day." "Roosevelt's presidency was one of the most eventful in U.S. history. He took office in the midst of economic crisis: the stock market had crashed, the banking system had collapsed, and millions of Americans were unemployed. Galvanizing the nation with his 1933 inaugural address and with a flurry of legislation in the First Hundred Days, Roosevelt demonstrated an optimism and resolve that garnered quick support for his administration and for the programs that he called the New Deal. And he was the first president truly to understand the power of the new mass media, rallying the nation through "fireside chats" on the radio and speeches that were the mainstay of movie house newsreels." "Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the dominant president of the twentieth century and helped the United States become the most influential world power. Roy Jenkins's assessment enables us to understand how he accomplished this and why he still stands tall in our estimation today."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal Review

Alas, Jenkins (Churchill; Gladstone) died in January 2003, having not quite finished this addition to the "American Presidents" series, edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. His work was finished by historian Richard Neustadt. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-To distill the life of Roosevelt into a book of less than 200 pages is a major challenge; to succeed in doing so without shortchanging readers is a true accomplishment. As president, FDR faced America's worst financial crisis and the world's most destructive war. He also influenced the larger trends of the 20th century, from the progressive movement of his younger days to the Cold War and the welfare state that followed him. Jenkins admirably describes his subject's background and development and outlines how Roosevelt dealt with the Great Depression and the Second World War. But Jenkins is not only an accomplished biographer, he was also one of the leading British politicians of the second half of the 20th century. His nationality gives him a perspective on FDR that would be difficult to obtain as an American. Likewise, his study of other great political leaders allows him to gain a broader view of Roosevelt as president. This is one of the best short biographies of Roosevelt imaginable.-Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Roy Jenkins was the author of twenty-one books, including the New York Times bestsellers Churchill and Gladstone , the latter of which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons as a Labour member in 1948 and subsequently served as minister of aviation, home secretary, and chancellor of the Exchequer. In 1977--81 he was president of the European Commission. In 1987 he became chancellor of Oxford University and took his seat in the House of Lords as Lord Jenkins of Hill head. He also served as president of the Royal Society of Literature.

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