Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek

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Read Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life Online Free - A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and deal maker

In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus maker. Robert Dallek’s Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers: how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country’s needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country’s economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country’s foreign relations?

For FDR, politics was a far more interesting and fulfilling pursuit than the management of family fortunes or the indulgence of personal pleasure, and by the time he became president, he had commanded the love and affection of millions of people. While all Roosevelt’s biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek sees the affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms, initiate landmark reforms that changed the American industrial system, and transform an isolationist country into an international superpower.

Dallek attributes FDR’s success to two remarkable political insights. First, unlike any other president, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building a national consensus and commanding stable long-term popular support. Second, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in modern America’s political system. In addressing the country’s international and domestic problems, Roosevelt recognized the vital importance of remaining closely attentive to the full range of public sentiment around policy-making decisions—perhaps FDR’s most enduring lesson in effective leadership.

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ISBN : 0525427902
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 704 pages


Michael rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2018

Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in November 2017 w...

Dale rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2017

USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to have conversation...

Joseph rated it ★★★★★

December 31, 2017

It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth Davis or Geo...

Tom rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2017

One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of particular interest i...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

February 23, 2018

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's health and...

Harriet Brown rated it ★★★★★

March 02, 2018

Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book.

Kay rated it ★★★★★

January 28, 2018

It’s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainly by force of...

Grady rated it ★★★☆☆

March 21, 2018

This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ‘oh, that’s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight’ and so looked...

Dave rated it ★★★☆☆

November 21, 2017

Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which should be expan...

Jeff rated it ★★★★☆

January 07, 2018

Historian Robert Dallek’s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was inspired less...

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