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That man [electronic resource] : an insider's portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt /
Robert H. Jackson ; edited and introduced by John Q. Barrett ; with a foreword by William E. Leuchtenburg.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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xxviii, 290 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
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0195168267 (acid-free paper)
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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0195168267 (acid-free paper)
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13108528
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-265) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert H. Jackson was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1941 to his death in 1954. A major figure in American legal history, he also served as Solicitor General and Attorney General of the United States, and the American Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial. Author of the best-selling The Nurnberg Case, he is considered by many to be the finest writer ever to sit on the Supreme Court John Q. Barrett is Professor of Law at St. John's University in New York and Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York. He formerly served in the office of Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh investigating Iran-Contra, and in the U.S. Department of Justice. He discovered the manuscript of That Man among Robert Jackson's papers while researching a biography of the justice
BIH Author Biography
Robert H. Jackson was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1941 to his death in 1954. A major figure in American legal history, he also served as Solicitor General and Attorney General of the United States, and the American Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial. Author of the best-selling The Nurnberg Case, he is considered by many to be the finest writer ever to sit on the Supreme Court. John Q. Barrett is Professor of Law at St. John's University in New York and Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York. He formerly served in the office of Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh investigating Iran-Contra, and in the U.S. Department of Justice. He discovered the manuscript of That Man among Robert Jackson's papers while researching a biography of the justice. William E. Leuchtenburg is the author of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940, winner of the Bancroft and Francis Parkman Prizes.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-09-01:
While conducting research for a biography on Robert H. Jackson, Franklin D. Roosevelt's solicitor general, attorney general, and appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Barrett (law, St. John's Univ.) discovered Jackson's unfinished manuscript on the president dating from the early 1950s. Here, he supplements that text with excerpts from Jackson's unpublished autobiography and oral interviews. Though most of the narrative lacks Jackson's usual eloquence, there are flashes of it. In discussing FDR as a politician, lawyer, commander in chief, administrator, economist, and human being, Jackson indirectly reveals himself. He was essentially a lawyer, while FDR was a politician despite his law degree. The president encouraged the electoral entrance of his decade-younger prot?g?, but Jackson admits his happiest days during the Roosevelt administration were spent as the solicitor general, his least political position. Barely mentioned in the editor's endnotes and biographical sketches is Jackson's subsequent self-destruction as the leading candidate for the chief justiceship to replace Harlan Fiske Stone. Nonetheless, Jackson viewed FDR and Charles Evans Hughes as the two greatest men of his era. His insights into FDR's personality confirm those presented in the best biographies of the president. Highly recommended for academic libraries with presidential and judicial collections.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-04-01:
Incomplete at the time of his death in 1954 and only recently discovered, Jackson's elegant memoir of his years with FDR is an invaluable addition to the literature. Jackson, who served as Roosevelt's Attorney General before his appointment to the Supreme Court, was present for everything from discussions of high policy to poker games with the president to screenings of home movies of the Yalta conference. A sound civil libertarian, Jackson often disagreed with FDR's policies, and his portrait, though warm and intimate, is all the more impressive because of this balance of faults and abilities. Jackson's observations of the time and of the many people who interacted with FDR are so deftly drawn that readers share the author's sentiment, upon hearing of the president's death, that "an era has come to an end." The editing by Barrett (law, St. John's Univ.), who fleshed out the unfinished work with documents and other writings by Jackson, is remarkable in its own right; the footnotes themselves constitute a mini-history of the FDR presidency. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels and libraries. L. M. Lees Old Dominion University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-07-28:
Robert H. Jackson was one of the ultimate FDR insiders. Nominated by Roosevelt to the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1941, Jackson had previously served the president as attorney general, solicitor general and in other posts. More importantly from the standpoint of this book, FDR and Jackson were great personal friends: poker pals who had known and respected each other since their days as young Democrats exploring the possibilities of Albany politics. Thus Jackson's never-before-published memoir (unearthed only recently by St. John's University Law School professor Barrett) is a rare find. Written not long before Jackson's untimely death in 1954, these superbly eloquent chapters provide intimate glimpses of Roosevelt operating on many different levels. Through Jackson's informed lens, we are shown FDR as president, politician, lawyer, commander-in-chief, administrator, populist leader and companion. Jackson's account is not only of infinite value for the new light it sheds on "that man," but also for unique glimpses of Harold Ickes, Tommy "the cork" Corcoran, Harry Hopkins and other New Deal stalwarts. A foreword by noted historian Leuchtenburg does a thorough job of setting Jackson's prose in historical context. Of equal value are the contributions of Jackson biographer Barrett, who has artfully illuminated Jackson's text with necessary and unobtrusive notations. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A lively, revealing and suddenly relevant book."--Jeff Shesol, New YorkTimes Book Review
"A long lost gem has been unearthed after a half century. Supreme Courtjustice Robert Jackson's first hand portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is asclose as we are likely to get to deciphering the enigma that was FDR. Jackson,associate and friend, confidante and poker playing pal of the President, wasperceptive enough to recognize the genius and honest enough to admit the flawsbeneath his subject's seductive geniality. We are further indebted to the book'seditor, John Q. Barrett, for rescuing this priceless memoir from an obscuritythat would have left us poorer in our understanding of America's towering 20thCentury statesman." --Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt's Secret War
"An intimate and inspiring portrait of Roosevelt. He is seen as both charming and determined, while often elusive and enigmatic.... Understanding Franklin Roosevelt better is a constant challenge for students of history: He has been scrutinized a great deal but not often with the benefit ofsuch a vantage point."--Wall Street Journal
"An intimate and inspiring portrait of Roosevelt. He is seen as bothcharming and determined, while often elusive and enigmatic.... UnderstandingFranklin Roosevelt better is a constant challenge for students of history: Hehas been scrutinized a great deal but not often with the benefit of such avantage point."--Wall Street Journal
"A thoughtful, fresh, useful look at FDR. With powerful respect, even awe, for the man, Jackson nevertheless insisted on seeing him in a very human way--filled with greatness, yet flawed like all of us. It's a memoir that reflects the best of Jackson: candid, honest and tellinglyexpressed."--Stanley Kutler, Los Angeles Times
"A winning memoir--the story of Jackson's life in the White House; a powerful portrait of our 32nd president; and, most of all, a tribute to the humanity and the vision that stood at the heart of the Roosevelt administration.... A unique historical find.... It contains a trove of newinformation about Roosevelt's life."--Matthew Dallek, The Washington Monthly
"Barrett has done an admirable and even heroic job, partly by interpolating some of Jackson's other writing, including unpublished materials and excerpts from an oral history, in which Jackson answered detailed questions about his life and his career. As a result, there is now a genuine book,one that contains some illuminating discussion of historical events. Most important, the book offers a fresh occasion for considering the personality and career of the greatest leader of the twentieth century, memorably described by Isaiah Berlin as the only statesman in the world upon whom 'nocloud rested.'"--Cass Sunstein, New Republic
"Franklin D. Roosevelt was the dominant political figure of the last century. Robert H. Jackson, Supreme Court Justice, was one of the essential figures in his life. Professor John Q. Barrett, a highly qualified authority on the subject, has now brought this relationship fully to light. I urgethis volume for all who would know more of what could be the greatest days of Washington. I use the term cautiously: an indispensable book."--John Kenneth Galbraith
"Franklin D. Roosevelt was the dominant political figure of the lastcentury. Robert H. Jackson, Supreme Court Justice, was one of the essentialfigures in his life. Professor John Q. Barrett, a highly qualified authority onthe subject, has now brought this relationship fully to light. I urge thisvolume for all who would know more of what could be the greatest days ofWashington. I use the term cautiously: an indispensable book."--John KennethGalbraith
"Intelligent, informed thoughts on FDR's presidency.... The intimate lookinto the way decisions were made brings Roosevelt very much into humanfocus."--Kirkus Review
"Lively, revealing and suddenly relevant.... Jackson's memoir sheds new light--not always flattering--on important events and on a president who too often appears only in silhouette: a felt fedora, an upward-tilting chin, a cigarette holder clenched in a grin."--Jeff Shesol, New York TimesBook Review
"Lively, revealing and suddenly relevant.... Jackson's memoir sheds newlight--not always flattering--on important events and on a president who toooften appears only in silhouette: a felt fedora, an upward-tilting chin, acigarette holder clenched in a grin."--Jeff Shesol, New York Times BookReview
"Lively, revealing and suddenly relevant.... Jackson's memoir sheds new light--not always flattering--on important events and on a president who too often appears only in silhouette: a felt fedora, an upward-tilting chin, a cigarette holder clenched in a grin."--Jeff Shesol, New York Times Book Review "The publication of this slender but meaty book is that rare and happy event: a voice speaking to us from the past, a voice we had not expected to hear and that brings the past to life as not even the best of historians can do."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "A winning memoir--the story of Jackson's life in the White House; a powerful portrait of our 32nd president; and, most of all, a tribute to the humanity and the vision that stood at the heart of the Roosevelt administration.... A unique historical find.... It contains a trove of new information about Roosevelt's life."--Matthew Dallek, The Washington Monthly "A thoughtful, fresh, useful look at FDR. With powerful respect, even awe, for the man, Jackson nevertheless insisted on seeing him in a very human way--filled with greatness, yet flawed like all of us. It's a memoir that reflects the best of Jackson: candid, honest and tellingly expressed."--Stanley Kutler, Los Angeles Times "Barrett has done an admirable and even heroic job, partly by interpolating some of Jackson's other writing, including unpublished materials and excerpts from an oral history, in which Jackson answered detailed questions about his life and his career. As a result, there is now a genuine book, one that contains some illuminating discussion of historical events. Most important, the book offers a fresh occasion for considering the personality and career of the greatest leader of the twentieth century, memorably described by Isaiah Berlin as the only statesman in the world upon whom 'no cloud rested.'"--Cass Sunstein, New Republic " That Man is a great find--the last memoir of Franklin D. Roosevelt by someone who worked with him and knew him well. Next to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Robert H. Jackson was the best writer on the Supreme Court in the 20th century, and his portrait of 'that man in the White House' is filled with astute insights and warm recollections. It is a book no fan of FDR can do without."--Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. "These superbly eloquent chapters provide intimate glimpses of Roosevelt operating on many different levels. Through Jackson's informed lens, we are shown FDR as president, politician, lawyer, commander-in-chief, administrator, populist leader and companion. Jackson's account is not only of infinite value for the new light it sheds on 'that man,' but also for unique glimpses of Harold Ickes, Tommy 'The Cork' Corcoran, Harry Hopkins and the other New Deal stalwarts."-- Publishers Weekly "Franklin D. Roosevelt was the dominant political figure of the last century. Robert H. Jackson, Supreme Court Justice, was one of the essential figures in his life. Professor John Q. Barrett, a highly qualified authority on the subject, has now brought this relationship fully to light. I urge this volume for all who would know more of what could be the greatest days of Washington. I use the term cautiously: an indispensable book."--John Kenneth Galbraith "Painstakingly, insightfully--even lovingly--assembled from notes and fragments found in a dusty closet belonging to Robert H. Jackson's recently deceased son, this remarkable and eminently readable volume--a newly available first-hand account of FDR as politician, lawyer, administrator, and commander in chief, written by an astute participant and brilliant observer who also happened to be the most piercingly eloquent writer ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court--will intrigue and inform anyone interested in the history of America's involvement in World War II or in the American presidency and the West Wing under FDR in an era a half century old
"Lively, revealing and suddenly relevant.... Jackson's memoir sheds new light--not always flattering--on important events and on a president who too often appears only in silhouette: a felt fedora, an upward-tilting chin, a cigarette holder clenched in a grin."--Jeff Shesol, New York Times Book Review "The publication of this slender but meaty book is that rare and happy event: a voice speaking to us from the past, a voice we had not expected to hear and that brings the past to life as not even the best of historians can do."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "A winning memoir--the story of Jackson's life in the White House; a powerful portrait of our 32nd president; and, most of all, a tribute to the humanity and the vision that stood at the heart of the Roosevelt administration.... A unique historical find.... It contains a trove of new information about Roosevelt's life."--Matthew Dallek, The Washington Monthly "A thoughtful, fresh, useful look at FDR. With powerful respect, even awe, for the man, Jackson nevertheless insisted on seeing him in a very human way--filled with greatness, yet flawed like all of us. It's a memoir that reflects the best of Jackson: candid, honest and tellingly expressed."--Stanley Kutler, Los Angeles Times "Barrett has done an admirable and even heroic job, partly by interpolating some of Jackson's other writing, including unpublished materials and excerpts from an oral history, in which Jackson answered detailed questions about his life and his career. As a result, there is now a genuine book, one that contains some illuminating discussion of historical events. Most important, the book offers a fresh occasion for considering the personality and career of the greatest leader of the twentieth century, memorably described by Isaiah Berlin as the only statesman in the world upon whom 'no cloud rested.'"--Cass Sunstein, New Republic "That Man is a great find--the last memoir of Franklin D. Roosevelt by someone who worked with him and knew him well. Next to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Robert H. Jackson was the best writer on the Supreme Court in the 20th century, and his portrait of 'that man in the White House' is filled with astute insights and warm recollections. It is a book no fan of FDR can do without."--Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. "These superbly eloquent chapters provide intimate glimpses of Roosevelt operating on many different levels. Through Jackson's informed lens, we are shown FDR as president, politician, lawyer, commander-in-chief, administrator, populist leader and companion. Jackson's account is not only of infinite value for the new light it sheds on 'that man,' but also for unique glimpses of Harold Ickes, Tommy 'The Cork' Corcoran, Harry Hopkins and the other New Deal stalwarts."--Publishers Weekly "Franklin D. Roosevelt was the dominant political figure of the last century. Robert H. Jackson, Supreme Court Justice, was one of the essential figures in his life. Professor John Q. Barrett, a highly qualified authority on the subject, has now brought this relationship fully to light. I urge this volume for all who would know more of what could be the greatest days of Washington. I use the term cautiously: an indispensable book."--John Kenneth Galbraith "Painstakingly, insightfully--even lovingly--assembled from notes and fragments found in a dusty closet belonging to Robert H. Jackson's recently deceased son, this remarkable and eminently readable volume--a newly available first-hand account of FDR as politician, lawyer, administrator, and commander in chief, written by an astute participant and brilliant observer who also happened to be the most piercingly eloquent writer ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court--will intrigue and inform anyone interested in the history of America's involvement in World War II or in the American presidency and the West Wing under FDR in an era a half century old that turns out to bear a surprisin
"Lively, revealing and suddenly relevant.... Jackson''s memoir sheds new light--not always flattering--on important events and on a president who too often appears only in silhouette: a felt fedora, an upward-tilting chin, a cigarette holder clenched in a grin."--Jeff Shesol,New York Times BookReview "The publication of this slender but meaty book is that rare and happy event: a voice speaking to us from the past, a voice we had not expected to hear and that brings the past to life as not even the best of historians can do."--Jonathan Yardley,The Washington Post "A winning memoir--the story of Jackson''s life in the White House; a powerful portrait of our 32nd president; and, most of all, a tribute to the humanity and the vision that stood at the heart of the Roosevelt administration.... A unique historical find.... It contains a trove of new information about Roosevelt''s life."--Matthew Dallek,The Washington Monthly "A thoughtful, fresh, useful look at FDR. With powerful respect, even awe, for the man, Jackson nevertheless insisted on seeing him in a very human way--filled with greatness, yet flawed like all of us. It''s a memoir that reflects the best of Jackson: candid, honest and tellingly expressed."--Stanley Kutler,Los Angeles Times "Barrett has done an admirable and even heroic job, partly by interpolating some of Jackson''s other writing, including unpublished materials and excerpts from an oral history, in which Jackson answered detailed questions about his life and his career. As a result, there is now a genuine book, one that contains some illuminating discussion of historical events. Most important, the book offers a fresh occasion for considering the personality and career of the greatest leader of the twentieth century, memorably described by Isaiah Berlin as the only statesman in the world upon whom ''no cloud rested.''"--Cass Sunstein,New Republic "That Manis a great find--the last memoir of Franklin D. Roosevelt by someone who worked with him and knew him well. Next to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Robert H. Jackson was the best writer on the Supreme Court in the 20th century, and his portrait of ''that man in the White House'' is filled with astute insights and warm recollections. It is a book no fan of FDR can do without."--Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. "These superbly eloquent chapters provide intimate glimpses of Roosevelt operating on many different levels. Through Jackson''s informed lens, we are shown FDR as president, politician, lawyer, commander-in-chief, administrator, populist leader and companion. Jackson''s account is not only of infinite value for the new light it sheds on ''that man,'' but also for unique glimpses of Harold Ickes, Tommy ''The Cork'' Corcoran, Harry Hopkins and the other New Deal stalwarts."--Publishers Weekly "Franklin D. Roosevelt was the dominant political figure of the last century. Robert H. Jackson, Supreme Court Justice, was one of the essential figures in his life. Professor John Q. Barrett, a highly qualified authority on the subject, has now brought this relationship fully to light. I urge this volume for all who would know more of what could be the greatest days of Washington. I use the term cautiously: an indispensable book."--John Kenneth Galbraith "Painstakingly, insightfully--even lovingly--assembled from notes and fragments found in a dusty closet belonging to Robert H. Jackson''s recently deceased son, this remarkable and eminently readable volume--a newly available first-hand account of FDR as politician, lawyer, administrator, and commander in chief, written by an astute participant and brilliant observer who also happened to be the most piercingly eloquent writer ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court--will intrigue and inform anyone interested in the history of America''s involvement in World War II or in the American presidency and the West Wing under FDR in an era a half century old that turns out to bear a surprising resemblance to our own."--Laurence H. Tribe, Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School "Intelligent, informed thoughts on FDR''s presidency.... The intimate look into the way decisions were made brings Roosevelt very much into human focus."--Kirkus Review "A long lost gem has been unearthed after a half century. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson''s first hand portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is as close as we are likely to get to deciphering the enigma that was FDR. Jackson, associate and friend, confidante and poker playing pal of the President, was perceptive enough to recognize the genius and honest enough to admit the flaws beneath his subject''s seductive geniality. We are further indebted to the book''s editor, John Q. Barrett, for rescuing this priceless memoir from an obscurity that would have left us poorer in our understanding of America''s towering 20th Century statesman." --Joseph E. Persico, author ofRoosevelt''s Secret War
"Painstakingly, insightfully--even lovingly--assembled from notes and fragments found in a dusty closet belonging to Robert H. Jackson's recently deceased son, this remarkable and eminently readable volume--a newly available first-hand account of FDR as politician, lawyer, administrator, andcommander in chief, written by an astute participant and brilliant observer who also happened to be the most piercingly eloquent writer ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court--will intrigue and inform anyone interested in the history of America's involvement in World War II or in the Americanpresidency and the West Wing under FDR in an era a half century old that turns out to bear a surprising resemblance to our own."--Laurence H. Tribe, Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School
"Painstakingly, insightfully--even lovingly--assembled from notes andfragments found in a dusty closet belonging to Robert H. Jackson's recentlydeceased son, this remarkable and eminently readable volume--a newly availablefirst-hand account of FDR as politician, lawyer, administrator, and commander inchief, written by an astute participant and brilliant observer who also happenedto be the most piercingly eloquent writer ever to serve on the U.S. SupremeCourt--will intrigue and inform anyone interested in the history of America'sinvolvement in World War II or in the American presidency and the West Wingunder FDR in an era a half century old that turns out to bear a surprisingresemblance to our own."--Laurence H. Tribe, Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor ofConstitutional Law, Harvard Law School
"That Man is a great find--the last memoir of Franklin D. Roosevelt by someone who worked with him and knew him well. Next to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Robert H. Jackson was the best writer on the Supreme Court in the 20th century, and his portrait of 'that man in the White House' is filled withastute insights and warm recollections. It is a book no fan of FDR can do without."--Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
"That Man is a great find--the last memoir of Franklin D. Roosevelt bysomeone who worked with him and knew him well. Next to Oliver Wendell Holmes,Robert H. Jackson was the best writer on the Supreme Court in the 20th century,and his portrait of 'that man in the White House' is filled with astute insightsand warm recollections. It is a book no fan of FDR can do without."--Arthur M.Schlesinger, Jr.
"The publication of this slender but meaty book is that rare and happy event: a voice speaking to us from the past, a voice we had not expected to hear and that brings the past to life as not even the best of historians can do."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"The publication of this slender but meaty book is that rare and happyevent: a voice speaking to us from the past, a voice we had not expected to hearand that brings the past to life as not even the best of historians cando."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"These superbly eloquent chapters provide intimate glimpses of Roosevelt operating on many different levels. Through Jackson's informed lens, we are shown FDR as president, politician, lawyer, commander-in-chief, administrator, populist leader and companion. Jackson's account is not only ofinfinite value for the new light it sheds on 'that man,' but also for unique glimpses of Harold Ickes, Tommy 'The Cork' Corcoran, Harry Hopkins and the other New Deal stalwarts."--Publishers Weekly
"These superbly eloquent chapters provide intimate glimpses of Rooseveltoperating on many different levels. Through Jackson's informed lens, we areshown FDR as president, politician, lawyer, commander-in-chief, administrator,populist leader and companion. Jackson's account is not only of infinite valuefor the new light it sheds on 'that man,' but also for unique glimpses of HaroldIckes, Tommy 'The Cork' Corcoran, Harry Hopkins and the other New Dealstalwarts."--Publishers Weekly
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this memoir, Robert H. Jackson provides an insider's view of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, including such crucial events as FDR's Court-packing plan, his battles with corporate America, his decision to seek a third term and his bold move to aid Britain in 1940 with American destroyers.
Long Description
Robert H. Jackson was one of the giants of the Roosevelt era: an Attorney General, a still revered Supreme Court Justice and, not least important, one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's close friends and advisers. His intimate memoir of FDR, written in the early 1950s before Jackson's untimely death, has remained unpublished for fifty years. Here is that newly discovered memoir. Written with skill and grace, this is truly a unique account of the personality, conduct, greatness of character, and common humanity of "that man in the White House," as outraged conservatives called FDR. Jackson simply but eloquently provides an insider's view of Roosevelt's presidency, including such crucial events as FDR's Court-packing plan, his battles with corporate America, his decision to seek a third term, and his bold move to aid Britain in 1940 with American destroyers. He also offers an intimate personal portrait of Roosevelt--on fishing trips, in late-night poker games, or approving legislation while eating breakfast in bed, where he routinely began his workday. We meet a president who is far-sighted but nimble in attacking the problems at hand; principled but flexible; charismatic and popular but unafraid to pick fights, take stands, and when necessary, make enemies. That Man is not simply a valuable historical document, but an engaging and insightful look at one of the most remarkable men in American history. In reading this memoir, we gain not only a new appreciation for Roosevelt, but also admiration for Jackson, who emerges as both a public servant of great integrity and skill and a wry, shrewd, and fair-minded observer of politics at the highest level.
Main Description
Robert H. Jackson was one of the giants of the Roosevelt era: an Attorney General, a still revered Supreme Court Justice and, not least important, one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's close friends and advisers. His intimate memoir of FDR, written in the early 1950s before Jackson's untimelydeath, has remained unpublished for fifty years. Here is that newly discovered memoir. Written with skill and grace, this is truly a unique account of the personality, conduct, greatness of character, and common humanity of "that man in the White House," as outraged conservatives called FDR. Jackson simply but eloquently provides an insider's view of Roosevelt's presidency,including such crucial events as FDR's Court-packing plan, his battles with corporate America, his decision to seek a third term, and his bold move to aid Britain in 1940 with American destroyers. He also offers an intimate personal portrait of Roosevelt--on fishing trips, in late-night poker games,or approving legislation while eating breakfast in bed, where he routinely began his workday. We meet a president who is far-sighted but nimble in attacking the problems at hand; principled but flexible; charismatic and popular but unafraid to pick fights, take stands, and when necessary, makeenemies. That Man is not simply a valuable historical document, but an engaging and insightful look at one of the most remarkable men in American history. In reading this memoir, we gain not only a new appreciation for Roosevelt, but also admiration for Jackson, who emerges as both a public servant ofgreat integrity and skill and a wry, shrewd, and fair-minded observer of politics at the highest level.
Main Description
Robert H. Jackson was one of the giants of the Roosevelt era: an Attorney General, a still revered Supreme Court Justice and, not least important, one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's close friends and advisers. His intimate memoir of FDR, written in the early 1950s before Jackson's untimely death, has remained unpublished for fifty years. Here is that newly discovered memoir. Written with skill and grace, this is truly a unique account of the personality, conduct, greatness of character, and common humanity of "that man in the White House," as outraged conservatives called FDR. Jackson simply but eloquently provides an insider's view of Roosevelt's presidency, including such crucial events as FDR's Court-packing plan, his battles with corporate America, his decision to seek a third term, and his bold move to aid Britain in 1940 with American destroyers. He also offers an intimate personal portrait of Roosevelt--on fishing trips, in late-night poker games, or approving legislation while eating breakfast in bed, where he routinely began his workday. We meet a president who is far-sighted but nimble in attacking the problems at hand; principled but flexible; charismatic and popular but unafraid to pick fights, take stands, and when necessary, make enemies. That Manis not simply a valuable historical document, but an engaging and insightful look at one of the most remarkable men in American history. In reading this memoir, we gain not only a new appreciation for Roosevelt, but also admiration for Jackson, who emerges as both a public servant of great integrity and skill and a wry, shrewd, and fair-minded observer of politics at the highest level.
Main Description
Robert H. Jackson was one of the giants of the Roosevelt era: an Attorney General, a still revered Supreme Court Justice and, not least important, one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's close friends and advisers. His intimate memoir of FDR, written in the early 1950s before Jackson's untimelydeath, has remained unpublished for fifty years. Here is that newly discovered memoir. Written with skill and grace, this is truly a unique account of the personality, conduct, greatness of character, and common humanity of "that man in the White House," as outraged conservatives called FDR. Jackson simply but eloquently provides an insider's view of Roosevelt's presidency,including such crucial events as FDR's Court-packing plan, his battles with corporate America, his decision to seek a third term, and his bold move to aid Britain in 1940 with American destroyers. He also offers an intimate personal portrait of Roosevelt--on fishing trips, in late-night poker games,or approving legislation while eating breakfast in bed, where he routinely began his workday. We meet a president who is far-sighted but nimble in attacking the problems at h principled but flexib charismatic and popular but unafraid to pick fights, take stands, and when necessary, makeenemies. That Man is not simply a valuable historical document, but an engaging and insightful look at one of the most remarkable men in American history. In reading this memoir, we gain not only a new appreciation for Roosevelt, but also admiration for Jackson, who emerges as both a public servant ofgreat integrity and skill and a wry, shrewd, and fair-minded observer of politics at the highest level.
Unpaid Annotation
A major publishing event, "That Man" is a long-lost memoir of Franklin D. Roosevelt, written by his close friend and associate, Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson. 24 halftones.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. VII
Introductionp. XIII
Introductionp. 1
That Man in the White Housep. 11
That Man as Politicianp. 17
That Man as Lawyerp. 59
That Man as Commander-in-Chiefp. 75
That Man as Administratorp. 111
That Man as Economistp. 119
That Man as Companion and Sportsmanp. 135
That Man as Leader of the Massesp. 157
Epiloguep. 165
Biographical Sketchesp. 173
Notesp. 213
Bibliographical Essayp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 267
Indexp. 271
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