Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hardcover – Unabridged, 7 May 2004
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A final masterly work by the biographer of his generation and bestselling author of Churchill
A final masterly work by the biographer of his generation and bestselling author of Churchill--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Roy Jenkins was the author of many books, including Churchill and Gladstone, which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he was also the President of the European Commission and Chancellor of Oxford University. In 1987 he took his seat in the House of Lords.
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As is also true of the other volumes, this brief biography examines the essential events and meaning of Roosevelt's life without oversimplification or generalization. As Jenkins notes, "He was more tested in peace and war than any president other than Lincoln." He was inaugurated in the midst of the Great Depression, was re-elected three times, and then died while in office near the end of World War Two. Jenkins organizes his material within eight chapters, devoting the first three to Roosevelt's life prior to the first term. The remaining five chapters examine "the exciting ambiguities of the first term," the nation's political and economic setbacks to which he and his cabinet struggled to respond, the nation's "backing into war," the "hard-fought years" of WW2 (i.e. December 1941-July 1944), and Roosevelt's death "on the verge of victory."
Along the way, he focuses special attention on those who seem to have had the greatest influence on Roosevelt throughout his life and career.Read more ›
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Superb.great style of writing.his only equal is Alistair cooke(the "letter from America" one).Published 13 months ago by Albert
This was an absolute disappointment. Conrad Black's biography is the one to buy, in my view.Published 18 months ago by A. Perry