THE FDR STORY by Catherine Owens Peare


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The only biography of Roosevelt that is comparable to this in terms of reading level is David Weingast's Franklin D. Roosevelt, Man of Destiny (Messner, 1952). But where Mr. Weingast's adulation of his subject clouds his objectivity, Miss Peare's admiration merely adds a note of warmth. The material here has clearly been well researched and the details of FDR's boyhood under the tutelage of his wealthy and influential parents, his formal education at Groten and Harvard, his marriage and early political career, build steadily to the personal catastrophe he was to endure and conquer in the limelight of public achievement. The whole progressive panorama of FDR's life is presented from a factual viewpoint in factual terms with the stress on events, accomplishments -- things happening and changing. In its effort to include all, the book suffers from a lack of shading especially in the latter half, when events tend to pile up in unaccented narrative. It is nevertheless a worthy addition to social studies programs, and of reasonably wide general interest in personalities.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1962
Publisher: Crowell