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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Edward Smith Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of today’s premier biographers, Jean Edward Smith, has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt’s restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life. Smith recounts FDR’s personal battles and also tackles head-on and in depth the numerous failures and miscues of Roosevelt’s political career.

Summing up Roosevelt’s legacy, Smith gives us the clearest picture yet of how this quintessential Knickerbocker aristocrat became the common man’s president. The result is a powerful account that adds fresh perspectives and draws profound conclusions about a man whose story is widely known but far less well understood. Written for the general public and scholars alike, FDR is a stunning biography in every way worthy of its subject.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2008 Parkman Prize

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julia | 2/15/2014

    " Very readable biography of FDR which seems particularly relevant at this particular point in time. The focus is rightly on his presidency, and topics are covered in a reasonable amount of depth considering his whole life is covered in just over 600 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/10/2014

    " Eh, if Barack Obama has inspired you to read books about FDR and Lincoln, this is a good one to choose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/29/2014

    " This was a really interesting look at Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We all assume we know this president, but this book makes clear that there were essentially three Roosevelt presidencies: the Depression president, the Court-packing screw up, and the war president. He was a person who grew tremendously from his days in the state assembly of New York, started testing his Depression fighting ideas as New York governor, and then served as our only four-term president. In a time when we just elected our first African American president, it's worthy of note that we elected our first physically handicapped president more than three quarters of a century ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 1/26/2014

    " Occasionally questioning a conclusion made by the author, but the bio is very detailed and fascinating. "

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