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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: Patrick Egan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the twentieth century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years, his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised, his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy in America during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

Drawing on archival materials, public speeches, personal correspondence, and accounts by family and close associates, acclaimed bestselling historian and biographer H. W. Brands offers a compelling and intimate portrait of Roosevelt’s life and career.

Brands explores the powerful influence of FDR’s dominating mother and the often tense and always unusual partnership between FDR and his wife, Eleanor, and her indispensable contributions to his presidency. Most of all, the book traces in breathtaking detail FDR’s revolutionary efforts with his New Deal legislation to transform the American political economy in order to save it, his forceful—and cagey—leadership before and during World War II, and his lasting legacy in creating the foundations of the postwar international order.

Traitor to His Class brilliantly captures the qualities that have made FDR a beloved figure to millions of Americans. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 2/17/2014

    " A vivid account of FDR's rise to power and presidency, but I was disappointed by a lack of thesis. The title was provocative, but the implications of FDR's policies on class issues, or the contrast between populist policies and his background (his uncle was a Republican of some note) are not explored. "

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

    " An interesting biography of FDR. I learned a lot about his life that they don't teach you in history class. I wish there had been more written about WWII. Maybe I'll read some history books next! "

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

    " Great book. Incredibly readable. I think Jean Edward Smith's is a little better, but this one reads more smoothly. Brands offers, not surprisingly, a more pro-FDR approach to many controversies about FDR's presidency, but Brands offers strong - if not lock-tight - argumentation for his interpretations. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan Shipley | 1/29/2014

    " The book was pretty neutral despite the title which is what I was looking for. But I do think the author made light of the negative qualities of FDR. "

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