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FDR | [Jean Edward Smith]

FDR

One of today's premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt's restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life.
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Publisher's Summary

One of today's premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt's restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life. Smith recounts FDR's personal battles and also tackles head-on and in depth the numerous failures and miscues of Roosevelt's political career.

Summing up Roosevelt's legacy, Smith gives us the clearest picture yet of how this quintessential Knickerbocker aristocrat became the common man's president. The result is a powerful account that adds fresh perspectives and draws profound conclusions about a man whose story is widely known but not well understood. Written for the general reader and scholars alike, FDR is a stunning biography in every way worthy of its subject.

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©2007 Jean Edward Smith; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"A magisterial biography...the author's eloquent synthesis of FDR's complex and compelling life is remarkably executed and a joy to read." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tony 04-20-15
    Tony 04-20-15
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    "Stunning, Simply Stunning"

    A work of historical magnificence - a masterpiece. Beautifully balanced, with a good amount dedicated to FDR's early years. The writer seemed very much a fan of FDR - it was hard not to be by the end of the work - and there were perhaps areas that could have been more critically examined, but they do not detract from what is a superb biography of probably one of the three or four most significant men of the last 200 years.

    Beautifully narrated, Mark Cashman got the tone of this tome down perfectly.

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    Patrick 04-05-15
    Patrick 04-05-15 Member Since 2014

    Making my way through all the US President a biography at a time.

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    "Insightful & Riveting Story of FDR"

    Jean Edward Smith is an excellent biographer weaving insightful story about who FDR is - the good & the bad. He constructs the story thoroughly and though perhaps too rapidly goes through WWII - he perhaps does so wisely as we know FDR so well by this point that we could understand how he'd approach the situations he faced. Smith presents analysis by other biographers (eg Kearns Goodwin) bring there insights and his reflections on those in a way that has an academic quality but in a style that never slows or feels forced in the story's flow. The narrator also does an excellent job bring the words to life. I was not looking forward to FDR's biography as reading other historical accounts he seemed highly manipulative - the truth is he probably was but it was the only course left to him early on and it was a hallmark of FDR latter in life. FDR is worthy of a multi volume tale but this is succinct and highly insightful for those wanting to better understand FDR.

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    jake 06-20-14
    jake 06-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great but ends too suddenly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story of FDR is extremely inspirational and enjoyable. I found many of his speeches humorous and this man's character was astonishing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first 100 days of his presidency.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator wasn't anything special but I did enjoy his voice. The only qualm I have with this title is how it didn't cover FDR's legacy or the events immediately following his death. For such a happy and cheerful man, his biography ended on a sad note :(

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    William SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-09-14
    William SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-09-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of FDR to be better than the print version?

    No. I like them both for different reasons. Research requires the print version. Since I drive a lot, the audio version is enjoyable and informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was FDR. Because, that is the reason I read the book.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Cashman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


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    Mark Laurel, MD, United States 11-12-12
    Mark Laurel, MD, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "a work of considerable merit; dull in places"
    What did you love best about FDR?

    Smith's account of FDR's early years, his family history, the run-up to the attack on Pearl.


    What did you like best about this story?

    depiction of FDR's character


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    reliable but dull in places


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    FDR: a public life


    Any additional comments?

    writing was workmanlike but lacked inspiration in places.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adam IRVING, TX, United States 11-23-11
    Adam IRVING, TX, United States 11-23-11

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    "Good book"

    I liked the book overall, but I would have liked a little more detail on some of the stuff that you aren't going to read about in most histories of the period.

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