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)
My book reviews, except for fiction, will mostly be about the information value of a book.
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.
My favorite character was FDR. Because, that is the reason I read the book.
Smith's account of FDR's early years, his family history, the run-up to the attack on Pearl.
depiction of FDR's character
reliable but dull in places
FDR: a public life
writing was workmanlike but lacked inspiration in places.
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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