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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"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)
One of the best
Although a history buff, I learned things about this great man I never knew.
the author does a fantastic job of telling the story and finishing bits and pieces of each story before moving on to different aspects of FDR's Legacy. some of the other reviews here criticized the method in which she tells the story but I found it to be fantastic.
This book illustrated the life of FDR in great detail. He was by far the best president this country has ever had and it was a pleasure learning about his life. All 33 hours were well worth it.
Only negative: there was a chapter based solely on the election process which got dry after a while.
I couldn't stop listening. It's a fantastic insight into one of the greatest leaders the world has ever had. If I found fault it at all then the early days and university years are skipped over quite fast, but then most reading this want to get beyond childhood quickly!
This biography gives one great story with a flow you wouldn't believe. There is enough technical information given for the average listener to understand, but not too much for excellent comprehension.
Narrator is great. I highly recommend for those interested in FDR, The Great Depression, or WWII.
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.
Making my way through all the US President a biography at a time.
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.
Absolutely. The story of FDR is extremely inspirational and enjoyable. I found many of his speeches humorous and this man's character was astonishing.
The first 100 days of his presidency.
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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