Title: Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance
Publisher: W. W. Norton, New York
Publication Date: 1980
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the front endpaper: "For Ted and Nancy Sizer-- / who exerted an important influence at a crucial juncture in the author's life-- / Michael Beschloss / April 2, 1980." The author's first book and an interesting association copy--the Sizers played major roles in the education reform movement; Ted (1932-2009) was headmaster at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., during the 1970s and Beschloss was one of his students. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends unbumped; dust-spotting to page edges. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $14.95); some edgewear and a one-inch closed tear to top of front panel. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002843
Synopsis: One was the son of East Boston ward politics, the other a squire of Hyde Park. Joseph Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt both hastened American shipbuilding in the First World War, threw themselves into the business civilization of the twenties, and joined in an uneasy alliance in national and international politics. Yet the two lives were in counterpoint. Kennedy became one of the worlds wealthiest men, but was overwhelmed in politics. Roosevelt, the nations only four-term president, lost large sums in business. Their political partnership declined from intimate friendship into mutual hostility. How did two men operate in these arenas with such vividly contrasting results? What brought Kennedy and Roosevelt together in political alliance; what rent them apart? The author provides the answer by examining these ambitious and fascinating men in terms of leadership. Kennedy and Roosevelt were the central figures of the two greatest American dynasties of this century; their story is, in large measure, the story of their times. Against the backdrop of the Irish inheritance and the legacy of a patrician, the two men are projected through Harvard; the home front of the First War; the heady atmosphere of the New Era-filmmaking and speculation, talking robots and the trade association movement; and the great issues of New Deal and global conflict. The book provides the first full portrait of the human relationship between Kennedy and Roosevelt.
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