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  • 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-"
  • 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"
  • 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.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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 says: "Good storytelling, poor voice-over"
  • FDR: Selected Speeches of President Franklin D Roosevelt | Franklin D. Roosevelt

    FDR: Selected Speeches of President Franklin D Roosevelt

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • Narrated By Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    The longest-serving President in American history, Franklin D Roosevelt led the nation through its two most lethal challenges of the 20th century - the Great Depression and the Second World War. This is a collection of FDR's most stirring speeches, from his First Inaugural Address, to his speeches outlining the New Deal and opposing the "economic royalty", to his call for a declaration of war with Japan, the Atlantic Charter, and his joint statement with Stalin and Churchill at Yalta.

    brian says: "No wonder he's one of the best Presidents we had."
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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 Addresses the USA: The World War II in the Pacific Series | Encyclopaedia Britannica

    FDR Addresses the USA: The World War II in the Pacific Series

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Encyclopaedia Britannica
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez
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    The World War II in the Pacific Series tells the story of Iwo Jima and the long war in the Pacific, the people who affected its direction, and the many places that suffered from war yet survived and went on to prosper in peace. From General MacArthur and President Truman to Emperor Hirohito, the key players in the Pacific Theatre are profiled.

  • FDR Requests Declaration of War: The World War II in the Pacific Series | Encyclopaedia Britannica

    FDR Requests Declaration of War: The World War II in the Pacific Series

    • ABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Encyclopaedia Britannica
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez
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    The World War II in the Pacific Series tells the story of Iwo Jima and the long war in the Pacific, the people who affected its direction, and the many places that suffered from war yet survived and went on to prosper in peace. From General MacArthur and President Truman to Emperor Hirohito, the key players in the Pacific Theatre are profiled.

  • 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 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"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler - The Election Amid the Storm | Susan Dunn

    1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler - The Election Amid the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Dunn
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
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    In 1940, against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, two farsighted candidates for the U.S. presidency - Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for an unprecedented third term, and talented Republican businessman Wendell Willkie-found themselves on the defensive against American isolationists and their charismatic spokesman Charles Lindbergh, who called for surrender to Hitler's demands.

    Paul Whiddon says: "Excellent In depth on a critical year"
  • 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"
  • The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency | James Tobin

    The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Tobin
    • Narrated By Charles Constant
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    When polio paralyzed Franklin Roosevelt at the age of thirty-nine, people wept to think that the young man of golden promise must live out his days as a helpless invalid. He never again walked on his own. But in just over a decade, he regained his strength and seized the presidency. This was the most remarkable comeback in the history of American politics. And, as author James Tobin shows, it was the pivot of Roosevelt's life-the triumphant struggle that tempered and revealed his true character.

    Martha says: "Captivating and Informative"
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