The latest in the Great Presidential Decisions series details the choices Roosevelt made in the fight to turn around the Depression, lead America to join the war against Hitler, and create the United Nations. Morris includes background information about the era and the problems America faced, biographical information, and lots of full-color and black-and-white photographs. Incisive analysis is coupled with a lively writing style that doesn't condescend to its audience or gloss over controversy. By giving as much time and thought to the failures as the successes, Morris proves that the truth can be more inspiring than hagiology. The focus on the decisions--the idea that informs the series--provides narrative coherence and food for thought for readers. Boxes cover interesting asides, such as Roosevelt's impact on later presidents, his choices for military commanders, and quotes from speeches. A model of historical writing for children.