Man of Destiny

Man of Destiny

FDR and the Making of the American Century

eBook - 2015
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No president looms larger in twentieth-century American history than Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and few life stories can match his for sheer drama. He was a man of large personality and a president of vast and enduring accomplishments.

Yet, as the distinguished historian Alonzo Hamby argues, FDR's record as president was more mixed than we are often led to believe. Roosevelt was a great politician and war leader, but the New Deal, his most famous legacy, failed to achieve its goal of reviving the nation's economy, in no small measure because of FDR's hostility toward the business and financial communities.

Hamby is no less perceptive about FDR's private life. Drawing on overlooked sources, he documents the president's final months in intimate detail, claiming that his perseverance despite his serious illness must be counted as one of the twentieth century's great feats of endurance.

Man of Destiny is a measured account of the life, both personal and public, of the most important American leader of the twentieth century.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, 2015
ISBN: 9780465061679
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 01, 2015

Many critics of FDR cast him as a capitalist pig, saving capitalism and the banksters. Others take the opposite tack like this author, an anti-New Dealer [like CBS's Scott Pelley's granddaddy]. Here's the reality: FDR was only successful in getting a portion of the New Deal passed - - one obstacle was Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, plus others. Had FDR been able to pass the entire program, we'd most likely be living in a thriving Socialist Democracy today!
If this historian mentions TNEC and the lawsuit against the Wall Street 17, he will have at least been accurate, but if he doesn't mention these . . . .

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