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  • Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FDR | H. W. Brands

    Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FDR

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
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    A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the 20th century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years; his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised; and his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

    Patrick says: "Heavy Dose of History"
  • FDR | Jean Edward Smith

    FDR

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
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    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.

    Thomas says: "wow-"
  • The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope | Jonathan Alter

    The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In this dramatic and fascinating account, Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter shows how Franklin Delano Roosevelt used his first 100 days in office to lift the country from the despair and paralysis of the Great Depression and transform the American presidency.

    John M says: "Very Enjoyable!"
  • The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War | A. J. Baime

    The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By A. J. Baime
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    The Arsenal of Democracy tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a “bomber an hour”. Critics scoffed: Ford didn’t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father’s resistance, Edsel charged ahead.

    TG says: "Edsel Ford, a tragic hero"
  • FDR and the Jews | Allan J. Lichtman,Richard Breitman

    FDR and the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Allan J. Lichtman, Richard Breitman
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
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    In an extensive examination of this impassioned debate, Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman find that the president was neither savior nor bystander. In FDR and the Jews, they draw upon many new primary sources to offer an intriguing portrait of a consummate politician - compassionate but also pragmatic - struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions.

    Ira S. Saposnik says: "excellent study"
  • FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression | Jim Powell

    FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Powell
    • Narrated By William Hughes
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    In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster.

    A User says: "Very Important"
  • Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War | Steven M. Gillon

    Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven M. Gillon
    • Narrated By John Pruden
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    Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." History would prove him correct; the events of that day - when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor - ended the Great Depression, changed the course of FDR's presidency, and swept America into World War II. In Pearl Harbor, acclaimed historian Steven M. Gillon provides a vivid, minute-by-minute account of Roosevelt's skillful leadership in the wake of the most devastating military assault in American history. FDR proved both decisive and deceptive, inspiring the nation....

    David says: "How everything became suddenly very simple"
  • City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York | Mason B. Williams

    City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mason B. Williams
    • Narrated By Ira Rosenberg
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    Two political titans forge a modern city and a vibrant public sector in this history of strong leadership at a time of national crisis. City of Ambition is a brilliant history of the New Deal and its role in the making of modern New York City. The story of a remarkable collaboration between Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia, this is a case study in creative political leadership in the midst of a devastating depression.

    Mark says: "Mostly a political history"
  • FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America | Burton W. Folsom,Anita Folson

    FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Burton W. Folsom, Anita Folson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    FDR Goes to War expands on the premise that FDR's legacy has damaged America and helped lay the groundwork for the current economic crisis.

    The Folsoms continue to expose the idyllic legend of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions. Many government programs that are widely used today have their seeds in the New Deal.

    Maggie says: "Very good"
  • The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 | Nigel Hamilton

    The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Nigel Hamilton
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDR's masterful-and underappreciated-command of the Allied war effort. Hamilton takes listeners inside FDR's White House Oval Study - his personal command center - and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war.

    SAM says: "Refreshing Angle on FDR"
  • Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America | Adam Cohen

    Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Adam Cohen
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    Nothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history - the tense, feverish first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, when he and his inner circle completely reinvented the role of the federal government.

    R.S. says: "Important contribution"
  • Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II | Joseph E. Persico

    Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Persico
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
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    All American presidents are commanders in chief by law. Few perform as such in practice. In Roosevelt’s Centurions, distinguished historian Joseph E. Persico reveals how, during World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt seized the levers of wartime power like no president since Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Declaring himself "Dr. Win-the-War", FDR assumed the role of strategist in chief, and, though surrounded by star-studded generals and admirals, he made clear who was running the war. FDR was a hands-on war leader, involving himself in everything from choosing bomber targets to planning naval convoys to the design of landing craft.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Superficial description of World War II"
  • No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War | David Kaiser

    No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Kaiser
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
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    While Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical. Beginning as early as 1939, when Germany first attacked Poland, Roosevelt skillfully navigated a host of challenges: a reluctant population, an unprepared military, and disagreements within his cabinet to prepare the country for its inevitable confrontation with the Axis.

  • Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices | Noah Feldman

    Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noah Feldman
    • Narrated By Noah Feldman
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    They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. Scorpions tells the story of four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.

    Charles M. Wyzanski says: "Narrated as admirably as it is written!"
  • The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama | Larry Holcombe

    The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Larry Holcombe
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    The UFO enigma has been part of our culture since the 1940s and is building to a worldwide explosion of acceptance today. Now, as governments around the world open their files and records on internal UFO investigations, the US remains steadfast in its denial of interest in the UFO issue. As more of the world's population accepts the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence, the demand is building for disclosure from the United States.

  • The Plot to Seize the Whitehouse: The Shocking True Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR | Jules Archer

    The Plot to Seize the Whitehouse: The Shocking True Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jules Archer
    • Narrated By Ken Maxon
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    Most people will be shocked to learn that in 1933 a cabal of wealthy industrialists - in league with groups like the K.K.K. and the American Liberty League - planned to overthrow the U.S. government in a fascist coup. Their plan was to turn discontented veterans into American "brown shirts," depose F.D.R., and stop the New Deal. They clandestinely asked Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler to become the first American Caesar. He, though, was a true patriot and revealed the plot to journalists and to Congress.

    Wayne Hughes says: "Good storytelling, poor voice-over"
  • The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II | Jan Jarboe Russell

    The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jan Jarboe Russell
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
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    The dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families - many US citizens - were incarcerated.

  • FDR | Jean Edward Smith

    FDR

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
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    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.

    Mimsy says: "a Man for our time"
  • FDR: The First Hundred Days | Anthony J. Badger

    FDR: The First Hundred Days

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Anthony J. Badger
    • Narrated By William Hughes
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    Badger emphasizes Roosevelt's political gifts while humanizing Roosevelt and suggesting a far more useful yardstick for future presidents: the politics of the possible under the guidance of principle.

  • Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor | John Koster

    Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Koster
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    On December 7, 1941, the nation of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and prompted the United States’ entry into the bloodiest war in human history. Americans have long debated the cause of the bombing; many have argued that the attack was a brilliant Japanese military coup or a failure of US intelligence agencies or even a conspiracy of the Roosevelt administration. But despite the attention historians have paid to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the truth about that fateful day has remained a mystery - until now.

    James A. Bretney says: "Informative but fails to make its case"
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