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  • 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 | 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'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.

    David says: "Very Important"
  • Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War | Michael Dobbs

    Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
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    When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace - but instead set the stage for a 44-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent.

    Alan says: "Totally Outstanding. Bravo !"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • Roosevelt and the Holocaust: How FDR Saved the Jews and Brought Hope to a Nation | Robert L. Beir,Brian Josepher

    Roosevelt and the Holocaust: How FDR Saved the Jews and Brought Hope to a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert L. Beir, Brian Josepher
    • Narrated By Steven Cooper
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    There is a great debate among historians about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's actions during the Holocaust. Was FDR the hero that defeated the Germans, or did he turn a blind eye to the plight of the Jews as long as he possibly could? In Roosevelt and the Holocaust, Robert Beir analyzes specific actions and legislation to get at the truth behind Roosevelt's role in the Holocaust. Beir has a unique perspective. He is a Jew who was raised during the extreme anti-Semitism of the Great Depression. Having witnessed the fruits of the New Deal firsthand, Beir became a Roosevelt scholar.

  • 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: 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."
  • FDR's Deadly Secret | Steven Lomazow,Eric Fettman

    FDR's Deadly Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Steven Lomazow, Eric Fettman
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
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    The death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945 sent shock waves around the world. His lifelong physician swore that the president had always been a picture of health. Later, in 1970, Roosevelt's cardiologist admitted he had been suffering from uncontrolled hypertension and that his death from a cerebral hemorrhage was a cataclysmic event waiting to happen.

    Eileen says: "A New and Intriguing Theory"
  • Franklin and Winston | Jon Meacham

    Franklin and Winston

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of "the Greatest Generation." Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one: a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together and exchanging nearly two thousand messages.

    Ronald Hull says: "Franklin and Winston Review"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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 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 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!"
  • 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.

  • No Ordinary Time | Doris Kearns Goodwin

    No Ordinary Time

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, Doris Kearns Goodwin describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become, only five years later, the preeminent economic and military power in the world. Using diaries, interviews, and White House records, Goodwin paints an intimate, detailed portrait not only of the presidency during wartime but also of Franklin and Eleanor themselves.

    Kathryn Kienholz says: "Good enough that I wish it were unabridged."
  • 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.

    David says: "Disappointing lack of new material"
  • By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans | Greg Robinson

    By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Greg Robinson
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
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    On February 19, 1942, following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and Japanese Army successes in the Pacific, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed a fateful order. In the name of security, Executive Order 9066 allowed for the summary removal of Japanese aliens and American citizens of Japanese descent from their West Coast homes and their incarceration under guard in camps. Amid the numerous histories and memoirs devoted to this shameful event, FDR's contributions have been seen as negligible.

    hanan says: "very enlightening book"
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