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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 896 pages
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A brilliant evocation of the qualities that made FDR one of the most beloved and greatest of American presidents.
Drawing on archival material, public speeches, correspondence and accounts by those closest to Roosevelt early in his career and during his presidency, H. W. Brands shows how Roosevelt transformed American government during the Depression with his New Deal legislation, and carefully managed the country's prelude to war. Brands shows how Roosevelt's friendship and regard for Winston Churchill helped to forge one of the greatest alliances in history, as Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin maneuvered to defeat Germany and prepare for post-war Europe.

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User Review  - twp77 - LibraryThing

Brand's Traitor to His Class is a highly fact-filled read on the political life of FDR. While the title suggests a more analytical approach, it is in fact a highly narrative one. Brand focuses a great ... Read full review

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I grew up around grandparents on one side who worshipped Roosevelt. Those on the other side thought him a traitor to his class. I had to read the book, and I enjoyed it. Well conceived and written. Read full review



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H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class.

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