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A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928 Paperback – 9 Sep 2014

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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (9 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780804173353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804173353
  • ASIN: 0804173354
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.8 x 20.3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Definitive for our time." --The Boston Globe

"An incomparable study . . . immensely informative about Roosevelt's meteoric public career but also refreshingly honest about a private life that was both spacious and constricted."--The New York Times Book Review

"Ward's sensitive biography avoids easy judgments . . . With an empathy heightened by a shared physical disability, Ward depicts, in extraordinary and moving detail, the ways a lifetime battle against polio affected Roosevelt . . . a beautiful story, beautifully told."--Los Angeles Times

"Every American knows the story in its outline, but this remarkable book tells it with fresh materials, fresh insights and fresh power--a splendid and moving achievement."--Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

"A brilliant portrait of 'the great man' in the making."--David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of John Adams

About the Author

Geoffrey C. Ward is the coauthor of The Civil War (with Ken Burns and Ric Burns), and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize. He lives in New York City.

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