Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous With Destiny

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This is a one-volume biography of one of the greatest presidents and world leaders of the 20th century. Drawing upon extensive sources and recent scholarship, it examines the moulding and maturing of the complex inner man and the dynamic, charming public figure. The focus is upon Roosevelt's often controversial ideas and actions as he undertook through the New Deal to modernize the nation, and during World War II to take the lead in establishing a secure world order. The portrait that emerges is of a president possessed of superb political instincts surprisingly mainstream in his political beliefs.

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The best single-volume biography of our greatest twentieth-century present Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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One volume has been too small a vessel for most FDR biographers. Five multivolume projects are on the shelves, while only three recent works of significance measure Roosevelt's entire life in a single book. The latest is Freidel's, whose Franklin D. Roosevelt (1952-73), even in four volumes, doesn't go past 1933. The graceful narrative of that magnum opus is absent in the author's new work, which is not so much a true biography as a distillation of the mass of Roosevelt scholarship. Freidel's new life concentrates on Roosevelt's presidency, with public events the consistent focus, and the private man left mainly alone. What results is the most authoritative of the one-volume works; but Nathan Miller's FDR ( LJ 1/1/83) will often be the best choice for nonacademic readers, and Ted Morgan's FDR ( LJ 11/1/85) is also available. For all college and many public libraries.
- Robert F. Nardini, N. Chichester, N.H.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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