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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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    William SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-09-14
    William SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2013

    My book reviews, except for fiction, will mostly be about the information value of a book.

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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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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