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FDR AND THE AMERICAN CRISIS by Albert Marrin Kirkus Star


by Albert Marrin

Pub Date: Dec. 23rd, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-385-75359-3
Publisher: Knopf

A comprehensive examination of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency and its legacy.

For Marrin, Roosevelt’s influence was such that “we need to know about the thirty-second president because we cannot understand our world today without understanding his role in shaping it.” Marrin explores FDR’s early years of privilege, the complex relationships Roosevelt had with his mother and his wife, Eleanor, and his seemingly inevitable march to a life in politics. Roosevelt’s charm and ability to sway individuals and crowds are described in detail. FDR’s strong actions after assuming the presidency during the Great Depression were not without criticism, and Marrin acknowledges them, but the electorate remained supportive enough to elect him four times. This well-researched and highly detailed examination of FDR and his presidency provides insight for readers generations removed from the events. Every aspect of the story is included. Marrin artfully weaves the elements of FDR’s personality and home life with events occurring in the country and on the world stage. Colorful descriptions of other important leaders and clear storytelling contribute to a lively narrative; the generous inclusion of archival images makes for a handsome package.

Students of the period will be captivated.

(source notes, further reading; index and photo credits not seen) (Biography. 12-18)