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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hardcover – Unabridged, 7 May 2004

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  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Thus edition (7 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405046325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405046329
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Having read Roy Jenkins' biographies of Churchill and Gladstone and been delighted, I was very much looking forward to reading Jenkins' take on FDR. Sadly, Roy Jenkins died before completing this biography and it shows. It reads like polished yet comprehensive prep notes. It lacks the enthusiastic detail of the other two rightly acclaimed biographies.
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Roosevelt by Roy Jenkins is an interesting, very readable introduction to the life of this great President. If you are looking for a short but interesting biography with some interesting bits of information then you won't go far wrong with this work. However, if you are looking for something more detailed and with lots of analysis this is really not for you. Nevertheless it is an interesting introduction to the life and partly the times of one of the defining characters in 20th century American history.
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I like Roy Jenkins political biographies, and looked forward to an interesting read. I found this was not up to the standard of some of his other works, maybe because it was his last work. Jenkins writes stylishly, but does not go into as great depth as his other works. He skates over some issues and does not examine peripheral characters such as Eisenhower and Trueman sufficiently.
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I have read and reviewed most of the volumes in The American Presidents Series for which the late Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. served as editor-in-chief at the time when Roy Jenkins' brief biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945) when it was first published (2003). In the "Editor's Note," Schlesinger explains that the aim of the series is "to present the grand panorama of our chief executives in volumes compact enough for the busy reader, lucid enough for the student, authoritative enough for the scholar. Each volume offers a distillation of character and career." Regrettably, Jenkins suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack while at work on the final chapter of this book. His friend and fellow presidential scholar, Richard Neustadt, then agreed to complete it.

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.
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