Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Doubleday, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 888 pages
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A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the twentieth century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years, his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised, his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy in America during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

Drawing on archival materials, public speeches, personal correspondence, and accounts by family and close associates, acclaimed bestselling historian and biographer H. W. Brands offers a compelling and intimate portrait of Roosevelt’s life and career.

Brands explores the powerful influence of FDR’s dominating mother and the often tense and always unusual partnership between FDR and his wife, Eleanor, and her indispensable contributions to his presidency. Most of all, the book traces in breathtaking detail FDR’s revolutionary efforts with his New Deal legislation to transform the American political economy in order to save it, his forceful—and cagey—leadership before and during World War II, and his lasting legacy in creating the foundations of the postwar international order.

Traitor to His Class brilliantly captures the qualities that have made FDR a beloved figure to millions of Americans.

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Review: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

User Review  - Tom Johnson - Goodreads

HW Brands is no Ron Chernow but nevertheless a fine writer. Read his The Man Who Saved the Union and based on that book's merits chose his FDR bio. Notes to self: Sara b. 1854, my own grandfather b ... Read full review

Review: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Wow, this was a good one. I'd say, like, 4.6 or 4.7 stars. Don't judge it by how long it took me to get through it -- I had a very strange month and multiple weekends of travel and didn't read a page ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

H. W. BRANDS is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Andrew Jackson, Lone Star Nation, and The Age of Gold, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for biography for The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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