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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “H.W. Brands’s wonderful new biography of Roosevelt…shows the precision and attention to detail that one would expect from a scholar and, at the same time, [it] reads like a novel…It is rich in insights and fresh perspectives that will appeal to the expert and the general reader alike. This may well be the best general biography of Franklin Roosevelt we will see for many years to come.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Very much worth reading.”

    New Yorker

  • “A thoroughly readable, scrupulously fair assessment of the one president who could inspire a Mt. Rushmore makeover.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Brands] explain[s] in detail how this ambitious Hudson Valley patrician, the coddled son of an elderly father and dominating mother, managed to defy his family and social class and become the most reform-minded president in U.S. history. The best part of Brands’s book is his vivid account of FDR’s early life and pre-presidential career.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography/Autobiography
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 2/5/2014

    " Overall, this was exactly what I was looking for: I knew bits and pieces about FDR's presidency, but not much else about him. This gave a good picture of who he was before he became president, and some of the highlights of his presidency. A couple of things I would have liked to see that it didn't have: (1) More about the non-war stuff in America from 1939 on. Yes, the war was the dominant theme at that point, but there must still have been other things happening, right? (2) More about Eleanor and her role during his presidency, especially during the war; my impression is that she remained a significant figure during that time, even though their personal relations were bad. (3) A bit of an epilogue. The book ends pretty abruptly upon his death; it would have been nice to have a bit of a look at what came next, and how FDR's influence played out after his death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ken | 2/3/2014

    " "Traitor to his class" is a balanced look at one of the most controversial presidents in US history. Brands gives FDR credit where credit is due but is also quite willing to place blame where it is needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 1/30/2014

    " A good overview of FDR's life and presidency but a little too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 1/27/2014

    " Writing any biography of Franklin Roosevelt is a difficult task, as any honest historian will tell you. The man kept no journal, few if any personal writings, and died in office before he could write a memoir. Those close to him, including family and friends, never really knew what he was thinking or feeling since he was not in the habit of sharing such things. As such, Brands did a good job with what he could. Covering such a life, starting with his overprivledged childhood under an overbearing mother, into his stormy marriage to Eleanor, and then on to his political career and eventual rise to the presidency, culminating in his stiding onto the world stage as one of the most powerful and influential men of his time. FDR is a man who doesn't sit still and won't let polio slow him down or stop his ambitions, still with his own flaws and far from perfect. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in this important but enegmatic figure. "

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