Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited, 2004 - Presidents - 186 pages
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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

About the author (2004)

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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