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Franklin Delano Roosevelt /
Alan Brinkley.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
description
xii, 116 p.
ISBN
0199732027 (acid-free paper), 9780199732029 (acid-free paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
isbn
0199732027 (acid-free paper)
9780199732029 (acid-free paper)
general note
Published in association with the American Council of Learned Societies.
catalogue key
7018938
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 114-116).
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"Alan Brinkley's incisive and eloquent biography of FDR clarifies what he achieved and what he did not. Brinkley brings deep knowledge of Roosevelt and the New Deal to help readers understand why Roosevelt's was arguably the most important presidency of the twentieth century."--Lizabeth Cohen, Bancroft Prize-winning author of Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 "A perfect gem-like profile of FDR."--Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America and co-author of FDR and the Creation of the U.N. "Alan Brinkley, the premier historian of the New Deal, has produced the best short biography of the man who led America through one of the most challenging periods in modern history. At a time when analogies between our time and the Great Depression abound, this gracefully written book both informs and delights."--Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan and Professor of History, Georgetown University "Alan Brinkley has distilled the complex life and career of this remarkable president down to its essence in a lively and illuminating narrative."--Maury Klein, author of The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America "Big presidents tend to inspire big biographies and FDR is no exception. Noted New Deal scholar Alan Brinkley has bucked the trend with an admirably succinct and readable account that captures the man, his era and his legacies."-- David Reynolds, author of From Munich to Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt's America and the Origins of the Second World War
"Alan Brinkley's incisive and eloquent biography of FDR clarifies what he achieved and what he did not. Brinkley brings deep knowledge of Roosevelt and the New Deal to help readers understand why Roosevelt's was arguably the most important presidency of the twentieth century."--Lizabeth Cohen, Bancroft Prize-winning author ofMaking a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 "A perfect gem-like profile of FDR."--Douglas Brinkley, author ofThe Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for Americaand co-author ofFDR and the Creation of the U.N. "Alan Brinkley, the premier historian of the New Deal, has produced the best short biography of the man who led America through one of the most challenging periods in modern history. At a time when analogies between our time and the Great Depression abound, this gracefully written book both informs and delights."--Michael Kazin, author ofA Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryanand Professor of History, Georgetown University "Alan Brinkley has distilled the complex life and career of this remarkable president down to its essence in a lively and illuminating narrative."--Maury Klein, author ofThe Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America "Big presidents tend to inspire big biographies and FDR is no exception. Noted New Deal scholar Alan Brinkley has bucked the trend with an admirably succinct and readable account that captures the man, his era and his legacies."-- David Reynolds, author ofFrom Munich to Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt'sAmerica and the Origins of the Second World War
"At a time when Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal provides a constant reference point for coping with the current economic crisis, Alan Brinkley's incisive and eloquent biography of FDR clarifies what he achieved and what he did not. Brinkley brings deep knowledge of Roosevelt and the New Deal to help readers understand why Roosevelt's was arguably the most important presidency of the twentieth century." --Lizabeth Cohen, author of Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 and A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America "Alan Brinkley, the premier historian of the New Deal, has produced the best short biography of the man who led America through one of the most challenging periods in modern history. At a time when analogies between our time and the Great Depression abound, this gracefully written book both informs and enlightens." --Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan and Professor of History, Georgetown University "Alan Brinkley has distilled the complex life and career of this remarkable president down to its essence in a lively and illuminating narrative." --Maury Klein, author of The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America
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Summaries
Main Description
"No president since the founders has done more to shape the character of American government," notes Alan Brinkley in this magnificent biography of America's thirty-second president. "And no president since Lincoln has served through darker or more difficult times. Roosevelt thrived in crisis. It brought out his greatness, and his guile. It triggered his almost uncanny ability to communicate effectively with people of all kinds. And at times, it helped him excoriate his enemies, and to revel in doing so." This brilliant, compact biography chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt's rise from a childhood of privilege to a presidency that forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the government's role in global and domestic policy. Brinkley, the National Book Award-winning New Deal historian, provides a clear, concise introduction to Roosevelt's sphinx-like character and remarkable achievements. In a vivid narrative packed with telling anecdotes, the book moves swiftly from Roosevelt's youth in upstate New York--characterized by an aristocratic lifestyle of trips to Europe and private tutoring--to his schooling at Harvard, his brief law career, and his initial entry into politics. From there, Brinkley chronicles Roosevelt's rise to the presidency, a position in which FDR remained until death, through an unparalleled three-plus terms in office. Throughout the book, Brinkley elegantly blends FDR's personal life with his professional one, providing a lens into the President's struggles with polio and his somewhat distant relationship with the first lady. Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the United States through the worst economic crisis in the nation's history and through the greatest and most terrible war ever recorded. His extraordinary legacy remains alive in our own troubled new century as a reminder of what bravery and strong leadership can accomplish.
Main Description
"No president since the founders has done more to shape the character of American government," notes Alan Brinkley in this magnificent biography of America's thirty-second president. "And no president since Lincoln has served through darker or more difficult times. Roosevelt thrived in crisis.It brought out his greatness, and his guile. It triggered his almost uncanny ability to communicate effectively with people of all kinds. And at times, it helped him excoriate his enemies, and to revel in doing so."This brilliant, compact biography chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt's rise from a childhood of privilege to a presidency that forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the government's role in global and domestic policy. Brinkley, the National BookAward-winning New Deal historian, provides a clear, concise introduction to Roosevelt's sphinx-like character and remarkable achievements. In a vivid narrative packed with telling anecdotes, the book moves swiftly from Roosevelt's youth in upstate New York - characterized by an aristocraticlifestyle of trips to Europe and private tutoring - to his schooling at Harvard, his brief law career, and his initial entry into politics. From there, Brinkley chronicles Roosevelt's rise to the presidency, a position in which FDR remained until death, through an unparalleled three-plus terms inoffice. Throughout the book, Brinkley elegantly blends FDR's personal life with his professional one, providing a lens into the President's struggles with polio and his somewhat distant relationship with the first lady. Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the United States through the worst economic crisis in the nation's history and through the greatest and most terrible war ever recorded. His extraordinary legacy remains alive in our own troubled new century as a reminder of what bravery and strong leadership canaccomplish.
Main Description
This short biography of the thirty-second president chronicles his rise from a childhood of privilege to a presidency that forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the United States government's role in global and domestic policy. In 100 pages, Alan Brinkley, the renowned New Deal historian, provides a clear, concise introduction to Roosevelt's acchievements and legacy. The narrative moves swiftly from Roosevelt's youth in upstate New York--characterized by an aristocratic lifestyle of trips to Europe and private tutoring--to his schooling at Harvard, his brief law career, and his initial entry into politics. From there, Brinkley chronicles Roosevelt's rise to the presidency, a position in which FDR remained until death, through an unparalleled three+ terms in office. Throughout, Brinkley elegantly blends FDR's personal life with his professional one, providing a lens into the president's struggles with polio and his somewhat distant relationship with the first lady. FDR's innovations during his presidency are more resonant now than ever before. His founding of the New Deal during the greatest economic catastrophe this country has seen led the way for the current administration and its implementation of deficit spending. Brinkley describes FDR's legacy and how it relates to current executive decisions in the book's preface. Notes and a bibliography ensure that the curious reader will have an entry into further scholarship.
Main Description
This short biography of the thirty-second president chronicles his rise from a childhood of privilege to a presidency that forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the United States government's role in global and domestic policy. In just over 100 pages, Alan Brinkley, the renowned New Deal historian, provides a clear, concise introduction to Roosevelt's acchievements and legacy. The narrative moves swiftly from Roosevelt's youth in upstate New York-characterized by an aristocratic lifestyle of trips to Europe and private tutoring-to his schooling at Harvard, his brief law career, and his initial entry into politics. From there, Brinkley chronicles Roosevelt's rise to the presidency, a position in which FDR remained until death, through an unparalleled three+ terms in office. Throughout, Brinkley elegantly blends FDR's personal life with his professional one, providing a lens into the president's struggles with polio and his somewhat distant relationship with the first lady. FDR's innovations during his presidency are more resonant now than ever before. His founding of the New Deal during the greatest economic catastrophe this country has seen, led the way for the current administration and its implementation of deficit spending. Brinkley describes FDR's legacy and how it relates to current executive decisions in the book's introduction. Notes and a bibliography ensure that the curious reader will have an entry into further scholarship.
Unpaid Annotation
"This...compact biography chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt's rise from a childhood of privilege to a presidency that forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the government's role in global and domestic policy. Brinkley...provides a clear, concise introduction to Roosevelt's sphinx-like character and remarkable achievements. In a vivid narrative packed with telling anecdotes, the book moves swiftly from Roosevelt's youth in upstate New York--characterized by an aristocratic lifestyle of trips to Europe and private tutoring--to his schooling at Harvard, his brief law career, and his initial entry into politics. From there, Brinkley chronicles Roosevelt's rise to the presidency, a position in which FDR remained until death, through an unparalleled three-plus terms in office. Throughout the book, Brinkley elegantly blends FDR's personal life with his professional one, providing a lens into the President's struggles with polio and his somewhat distant relationship with the first lady. Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the United States through the worst economic crisis in the nation's history and through the greatest and most terrible war ever recorded. His extraordinary legacy remains alive in our own troubled new century as a reminder of what bravery and strong leadership can accomplish."--Publisher description.
Table of Contents
Preface
FDR
Notes
Bibliography
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