Franklin Delano Roosevelt
A protean figure and a man of massive achievement, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only man to be elected to the presidency more than twice. In a ranking of chief executives, no more than three of his predecessors could truly be placed in contention with his standing, and of his successors, there are so far none.
In acute, stylish prose, Roy Jenkins tackles all of the nuances and intricacies of FDR's character. He was a skilled politician with astounding flexibility; he oversaw an incomparable mobilization of American industrial and military effort; and, all the while, he aroused great loyalty and dazzled those around him with his personal charm. Despite several setbacks and one apparent catastrophe, his life was buoyed by the influence of Eleanor, who was not only a wife but an adviser and one of the twentieth century's greatest political reformers.
Nearly complete before Lord Jenkins's death in January 2003, this volume was finished by historian Richard Neustadt.
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Review: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (The American Presidents #32)User Review - Laura Walin - Goodreads
Since being hooked to West Wing I have been interested in the US politics, and this was more of a political memoir of FDRs career rather than a biography. In that sense it as very intriguing, as the ... Read full review
Review: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (The American Presidents #32)User Review - Steve Cunningham - Goodreads
This book was sadly unfinished at the time of Roy Jenkins death. Richard Neustadt steps manfully into the breach to complete the narrative, but the result is an endearing biographical sketch rather than the full biographical portrait of its subject of Jenkins' other major works. Read full review