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THE DEFINING MOMENT: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

The birth of the New Deal, capably recounted.Newsweek editor Alter takes a 100-odd pages before addressing his subject, the fraught three-odd-months that newly inaugurated President Franklin Roosevelt had to push through an ambitious package of social and financial programs before congressional resistance solidified. Once the narrative gets on track, modern readers will understand why FDR was so ... Read full review

Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph Of Hope

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Robert Finn

Every list of the "greatest" American presidents I have ever seen includes the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt near the very top, usually second only to that of Abraham Lincoln. The canonization ceremonies for him have long since been completed. Even the Republican Party, which so reviled him during his 12 years in office, now invokes his name at its tribal gatherings. In this book Jonathan ... Read full review

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Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

A wonderful glimpse into the personal, social, political aspects of that era. Alter is a great writer whose words give the impression that this is recent history. They draw you in and make you feel as if you were omnipresent for the whole matter at hand. Solidly researched and a pleasure to absorb. Read full review

Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

User Review  - Gary Froseth - Goodreads

At one point in the book Alter relates how FDR imagined his radio audience as a means of speaking more personally to each one's needs and concerns. This book causes the reader to come away with the ... Read full review

Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

User Review  - Mkingsford - Goodreads

Good read. Not my favorite but most of the book was interesting to read and learn about FDR. Would I read it again? Probably not. The parts I was interested in, the author didn't go into. Towards the ... Read full review

Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

User Review  - Kim Jackson - Goodreads

Although the book is well written, I really disliked it for a number of reasons. First, the title is misleading. Only the last section of the book actually deals with the first 100 days. The majority ... Read full review

Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

User Review  - Kt Thames - Goodreads

Although the book is well written, I really disliked it for a number of reasons. First, the title is misleading. Only the last section of the book actually deals with the first 100 days. The majority ... Read full review

Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

User Review  - Matt Ishler - Goodreads

Extremely readable and thought-provoking description of leadership amid adversity. While 80 years have passed since the events that are described occurred, the importance of communication, planning ... Read full review

Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

User Review  - Thomas Simpson - Goodreads

A pretty standard FDR bio. Not bad but no real surprises either. Not a comprehensive take on the entirety of the New Deal. Just listened to it until Jean Edward Smith's became available as an audiobook from the library. Read full review

Review: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I've read so much about World War II, about Churchill, and bits and snippets about FDR. But I didn't know much about FDR's first hundred days and what he accomplished then. I have mixed feelings about ... Read full review

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