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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roy Jenkins Narrator: Richard Rohan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The American Presidents Series Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9781593973520
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A masterly, posthumous work by the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill and Gladstone

A protean figure and a man of massive achievement, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only man to be elected to the presidency more than twice. In a ranking of chief executives, no more than three of his predecessors could truly be placed in contention with his standing, and of his successors, there are so far none.

In acute, stylish language, Roy Jenkins tackles all of the nuances and intricacies of FDR's character. He was a skilled politician with astounding flexibility; he oversaw an incomparable mobilization of American industrial and military effort; and all the while aroused great loyalty and dazzled those around him with his personal charm. Despite several setbacks and one apparent catastrophe, his life was buoyed by the influence of Eleanor, who was not only a wife but an adviser and one of the twentieth century's greatest political reformers.

Nearly complete before Jenkins's death in January 2003, this volume was finished by historian Richard Neustadt.

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  • Elegantly describing FDR's course through a score of personal and political ordeals, Jenkins astutely shows us the man in all his many incarnations: the confident son of privilege who morphed into a wry, young politico on the rise; the startled victim, for whom all things had previously come so easily, hitting the brick wall of polio and fighting back, strenuously leading his broken country out of its two great 20th-century crises: the Great Depression and World War II. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/30/2013

    " Great overview of our 32nd president. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Bower | 3/19/2012

    " Written more on the Britsih perspective, which makes it interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish | 3/16/2012

    " Interesting as far as it goes, but Roy Jenkins died before it was finished, and the book does have the feel of being rushed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 5/31/2011

    " good audio book, concise, easy to understand, but now i need to learn more about the man...fdr. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teshii | 1/9/2011

    " Never, never, never ever use this book as a holiday assignment for a bunch of teenagers to review on. I know, I keep having the urge to stab my teacher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 12/2/2009

    " good audio book, concise, easy to understand, but now i need to learn more about the man...fdr. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish | 5/2/2008

    " Interesting as far as it goes, but Roy Jenkins died before it was finished, and the book does have the feel of being rushed. "

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About the Author

Roy Jenkins (1920–2003), active in British politics for half a century, was also an accomplished biographer. He entered the House of Commons as a Labour member in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer. From 1977–81 he was President of the European Commission. In 1987 he became Chancellor of Oxford University and took his seat in the House of Lords as Baron Jenkins of Hillhead.

About the Narrator

Richard Rohan is a stage, film, and voice-over actor who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks over the last decade, in every genre. He is particularly proud of his work as director and performer on the acclaimed Space Fantasy audio drama series Deathstalker.