For the collector of Rooseveltiana, or for those readers who cannot afford the various separate books recently published about the late president, this is a chronologically arranged symposium, of Roosevelt's own writings as well as those of friends, co-workers, relatives, and others close to him, that traces FDR's development from a sheltered Hudson Valley childhood, through school, law practice, early political career, devastating illness, and on to national and world fame. Letters, diaries, speeches, memories and books have been culled to present a synthesized picture of the growth of a great president. The editor was assistant editor of F.D.R.: His Personal Letters, 1905-28. For a sure and predictable market.