The Best Books About President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR)

A Listmania! list by Todd Carlsen
 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom
1.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom by Conrad Black
The list author says:
  "The Economist Magazine called this biography 'a masterpiece' and 'deserves to become the standard one-volume life of FDR.' Praised by the right, like Kissinger and Buckley, and the left, like Clinton."
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Franklin D. Roosevelt:a Rendevous with Destiny
2.  Franklin D. Roosevelt:a Rendevous with Destiny by Frank Freidel
The list author says:
  "A fine book. FDR: 'There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.'"
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Franklin D.Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-40 (Torchbooks)
3.  Franklin D.Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-40 (Torchbooks) by William E. Leuchtenburg
The list author says:
  "Bancroft Prize and Francis Parkman Prize winner. The best book on the New Deal. FDR sought RELIEF for the unemployed, economic RECOVERY, and REFORM to improve capitalism."
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Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom: Volume 2, 1940-1945
4.  Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom: Volume 2, 1940-1945 by James MacGregor Burns
The list author says:
  "Pulitzer Prize, Francis Parkman Prize and National Book Award winner. FDR's great work to save civilization from Hitler and fascism, and assert a new post-war world, places him as a giant of history."
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Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, 1882-1940
5.  Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, 1882-1940 by James Burns
The list author says:
  "This is volume one of Burns' classic two-volume FDR biography. FDR emerges as a pragmatic, cunning master-politician; hence the title. An outstanding biography. (Volume two is 'Soldier of Freedom.')"
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Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and Their War (Bluejacket Books)
6.  Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and Their War (Bluejacket Books) by Eric Larrabee
The list author says:
  "Francis Parkman Prize winner. A fascinating look at FDR and his commanders. They did a remarkable job. The hands-on FDR was superb at picking the right men, and then he delegated wisely. Essential."
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The Grapes of Wrath
7.  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
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  "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A literary masterpiece. Helped Steinbeck win the Nobel Prize. A riveting look at the agonizing problems - an almost inhuman state of survival - of the Great Depression."
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No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II
8.  No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The list author says:
  "Pulitzer Prize. This book tells the tale of Franklin, Eleanor and America during the war years. FDR's war leadership was extraordinary. Eleanor championed human rights. It was an extraordinary time."
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Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945: With a New Afterword (Oxford Paperbacks)
9.  Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945: With a New Afterword (Oxford Paperbacks) by Robert Dallek
The list author says:
  "Bancroft Prize. The definitive study of FDR's foreign policy. FDR cleverly pulled America from isolationism to superpower. Aided Britain with Lend Lease. Four Freedoms. Arsenal of Democracy. Etc."
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The Roosevelts and the Royals: Franklin and Eleanor, the King and Queen of England, and the Friendship That Changed History
10.  The Roosevelts and the Royals: Franklin and Eleanor, the King and Queen of England, and the Friendship That Changed History by Will Swift
The list author says:
  "The name says it all."
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The Age of Roosevelt: The Crisis of the Old Order 1919-1933 Vol 1: 1919-1933, the Age of Roosevelt
11.  The Age of Roosevelt: The Crisis of the Old Order 1919-1933 Vol 1: 1919-1933, the Age of Roosevelt by Arthur M. Schlesinger
The list author says:
  "Bancroft Prize and Francis Parkman Prize. Schlesinger's multi-volume "Age of Roosevelt" is the definitive history of the depression era. Volume I covers to and through the long collapse under Hoover."
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Since Yesterday: Nineteen Thirties in America (Perennial library)
12.  Since Yesterday: Nineteen Thirties in America (Perennial library) by Frederick Lewis Allen
The list author says:
  "A lively history of the 1930's by a popular historian 'on the scene.' Also consider Allen's 'The Big Change,' which details America's transformation from the Gilded Age, climaxing in the New Deal."
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The People and the President: America's Extraordinary Conversation with FDR
13.  The People and the President: America's Extraordinary Conversation with FDR by Lawrence W. Levine
The list author says:
  "FDR's fireside chats built a close bond with America. In his first chat, days after taking office, he charmingly reassured listeners that banks were safe, stopping the non-stop collapse under Hoover."
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The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America
14.  The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America by James MacGregor Burns
The list author says:
  "Superb introductions to Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who each made the 'Time 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.' Einstein, FDR and Gandi were rated the top three overall."
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The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as Wartime Statesman
15.  The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as Wartime Statesman by Warren F. Kimball
The list author says:
  "FDR was a masterful leader. He tactfully pulled America from isolationism to destroy evil Hitler. Then he built a new 'Americanism' foreign policy based on American values - ideological yet realistic."
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Sailor in the White House: The Seafaring Life of FDR
16.  Sailor in the White House: The Seafaring Life of FDR by Robert F. Cross
The list author says:
  "Roosevelt was an avid sailor and fisherman, and he served as undersecretary of the Navy early in his career. His knack for navigating rough seas served him well as president during turbulent times."
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A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt
17.  A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt by Geoffrey C. Ward
The list author says:
  "Francis Parkman Prize winner. This is volume two of Ward's excellent two-volume biography of Roosevelt's younger years in upper class New York. This volume features Roosevelt's struggle with polio."
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt
18.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Russell Freedman
The list author says:
  "A well-written, balanced biography of FDR and his era, for grades three to ten, by an award-winning biographer/historian."
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Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
19.  Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
The list author says:
  "Classic book on Hitler's dark rise to power during the depression, the world war he started, and Nazi crimes. 55 million died in WWII. FDR tactfully pulled America from isolationism to destroy Hitler."
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Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
20.  Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham
The list author says:
  "One of the three great books on the Roosevelt-Churchill relationship. The others are Lash's 'Roosevelt and Churchill' and Kimball's 'Forged in War.'"
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Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II
21.  Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II by Mitchell G. Bard
The list author says:
  "A surprisingly outstanding introduction to World War II. Also consider the excellent 'Complete Idiot’s Guide to Nazi Germany' and the scholarly masterpiece 'A World at Arms.'"
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Fdr's Splendid Deception: The Moving Story of Roosevelt's Massive Disability-And the Intense Efforts to Conceal It from the Public
22.  Fdr's Splendid Deception: The Moving Story of Roosevelt's Massive Disability-And the Intense Efforts to Conceal It from the Public by Hugh Gregory Gallagher
The list author says:
  "Roosevelt contracted polio at age 39 and remained a paraplegic the rest of his life. A big man, he built a massive upper body and powerful arms, and was able to resume his life unhindered."
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That Man: An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt
23.  That Man: An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt by William E. Leuchtenburg
The list author says:
  "Jackson's memoirs, discovered years after his death, provide a revealing insider's look at FDR."
£12.00   Used & New from: £0.83

In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to George W. Bush
24.  In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to George W. Bush by William E. Leuchtenburg
The list author says:
  "Examines the lasting legacy of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal into the 21st-Century six decades later. Roosevelt is still in power."
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