Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

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Public Affairs, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 1280 pages
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A brilliant and provocative biography of Franklin Roosevelt -written by a leading newspaper publisher and staunch conservative. Franklin Delano Roosevelt stands astride American history like a colossus, having pulled the nation out of the Great Depression and led it to victory in the Second World War. Elected to four terms as president, he transformed an inward-looking country into the greatest superpower the world had ever known. Only Abraham Lincoln did more to save America from destruction. But FDR is such a large figure that historians tend to take him as part of the landscape, focusing on smaller aspects of his achievements or carping about where he ought to have done things differently. Few have tried to assess the totality of FDR's life and career.Conrad Black rises to the challenge. In this magisterial biography, Black makes the case that FDR was the most important person of the twentieth century, transforming his nation and the world through his unparalleled skill as a domestic politician, war leader, strategist, and global visionary -all of which he accomplished despite a physical infirmity that could easily have ended his public life at age thirty-nine. Black also takes

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

This book is a one-volume beast - as such a titanic and misconstrued (both positively and negatively) figure in American history deserves. He is rightly a sphinx, and this is an excellent one-volume ... Read full review

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Adulatory, but critical biography of a great American, and perhaps the most influential President since Abraham Lincoln. Conrad Black's research is impressive, and his analysis of FDR's character is ... Read full review

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Conrad Black is the founder of the National Post, and was for 15 years the chairman of Britain's Telegraph Group of newspapers, and from 1996 to 2000 the chairman of Southam, Canada's leading newspaper company. He is also a writer and commentator, and the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon, and an autobiography. He is now finishing two other books on historical subjects. He has been a weekly columnist for the National Post and the National Review Online for some years, and is a frequent contributor to The National Interest, (honorary publisher), The American Spectator, Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and many other publications. He was for 20 years a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Meetings and of the Trilateral Commission, and International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Americas Society, and a trustee of the Hudson institute. He was a director of many public companies including the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Sotheby's, and the former Brascan, (now Brookfield). He is a member of the British House of Lords, (since 2001 as Lord Black of Crossharbour), a Privy Councilor of Canada and Officer of the Order of Canada, and a knight of the Holy See. In 2005, he was indicted on 18 criminal charges in the United States for corporate misconduct and retired or was dismissed from all his public corporate affiliations. The prosecutors sought imprisonment for life and a fine of $140 million. Conrad Black has denied throughout that he was guilty of any wrongdoing. Five of the counts were abandoned and he was acquitted on nine others, but initially convicted on four lesser charges, and was sent to a U.S. federal, low security prison in Florida, where he remained for 29 months of his 78-month sentence. While there, he assisted more than one hundred high school leaving candidates to matriculate, and expanded his activity as a columnist. He was released from prison when the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously vacated all the convictions and rewrote the statute under which he had been prosecuted. Two of the counts were revived by the lower court which had been instructed by the Supreme Court to assess the gravity of its own errors, and Conrad Black is being sent back to prison for almost eight months. He continues to assert his innocence and will return to Canada and Great Britain with his wife, the writer Barbara Amiel Black, at the end of his sentence, early in 2012.

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