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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom (edition 2003)

by Conrad Black

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Title:Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom
Authors:Conrad Black
Info:PublicAffairs (2003), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 1360 pages
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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 study which clears up much of the history concerning the time, revealing his deft political maneuvering, the economic programs which sometimes flopped, but the majority of which were astounding successes and still in use today (e.g. massive electricity projects, including the Hoover Dam), and revitalized the American economy without resorting to the dangerous extremes of totalitarianism, and his brilliant wartime successes and excellent choice of generals.

His faults are discussed in equal measure, giving time to his emotional insensitivity to Eleanor, his vaguely dictatorial plan to 'pack' the Supreme Court, and the Japanese internment.

This is an astonishing book, and one, if I may humbly offer, should be read more often in these uncertain times.

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  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
3870. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, by Conrad Black ( read 2 Apr 2004) With only a few exceptions my aim to read a biography of each US president has been reached, but while I have read numerous partial biographies of FDR (Geoffrey Ward's volumes on his early life, Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 [read 15 Oct 1993] and A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt [read 12 Sept 1995] being some of the best) I have not till now read a complete biography of him. There are multi-volume works by Kenneth Davis and by Frank Friedel, but I was not sure which to read so I have read neither. This work by Conrad Black, called a conservative Canadian publisher and published just last year seemed to be worth while, and I read it with a lot of enjoyment and appreciation. He obviously says some unapproving things about FDR--the jacket has blurbs on it by George Will, Bill Buckley, Jr., and Henry Kissinger--but on the big important overall issues the book was satisfactory to one who grew up in a home which overall looked on FDR with much favor. The author did not do original research but his 25-page bibliography shows he has mined the secondary sources with assiduity. A good book to read. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 3, 2007 |
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The astonishing life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt began with great difficulty following a labor of over twenty-four hours on January 30, 1882.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0753818485, Paperback)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only US president elected for four terms. Conrad Black has long been fascinated by Roosevelt and his achievement. Struck down in the early 1920s with polio following a promising legal and political career he recovered, but without the use of his legs, to lead the United States out of the depression. First elected in 1932, his 'New Deal' alone would have put him among the most revered of American presidents, but then came World War II. From the earliest days he supported Britain through Lend-Lease. He and Churchill became close friends as well as allies. After Pearl Harbor the two leaders met in Washington over Christmas 1941 to plan the war against the Axis powers. Although his health deteriorated, FDR, as he was known, stood for an unprecedented fourth term in 1944 and represented the US at the great allied peace conferences at Yalta and Teheran. Conrad Black sees him as the 'Champion of Freedom' and the greatest individual of the twentieth century.

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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. In this biography, Conrad 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 on the great critics of FDR, especially those who accuse him of betraying the West at Yalta. Black opens a new chapter in our understanding of this great man, whose example is even more inspiring as a new generation embarks on its own rendezvous with destiny.… (more)

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