on 22 January 2015
This is a very efficient summary of the extraordinary achievements of a politician who managed to change the lives of millions of people for the good. Take the GI Bill, for instance, through which over 20m US soldiers who were returning from World War II were helped to go to college and then to buy their own homes. 'Thanks to these steps, a post-war recession was avoided', say the authors. First, he tackled the Great Depression and then he was faced with deciding America's role in the Second World War. Although there is little space in this slim volume to describe his character, the book is quite fascinating for the breadth and speed of his achievements.
on 28 September 2012
The Amazon "it's OK" designation for 3 stars could have been designed for many of the Charles River Editors books. I am reading and enjoying a few whose writing style is somewhat lively, but there is huge variety in the quality.
This one I personally found very dry. As a free source of basic information it has its merits but I would have thought FDR as an American "legend" could have been served much better than this. I certainly would not recommend it as a paid purchase.