It seems soon to attempt an appraisal of the Roosevelt years as a historical unit for so many of the issues are still live issues today. But Dexter Perkins has succeeded in approaching his subject with admirable restraint, clear perception, extraordinary objectivity. What emerges is a profile of an era, the vital changes that cut at the root of American traditions, the new thought processes that have not become part of the new tradition, the shift of focus to a sense of responsibility at every level, social, economic, political, diplomatic, and the change of conception of the role of government in American life. Throughout the emphasis is on Roosevelt's part in shaping these changes; on the facets of his character that contributed here, provided a measure of failure there, made for the divergence of emotions regarding him in the excesses of devotion and detestation. The major achievements of his years in office come clear, and it is interesting how time telescopes impressions and how important it is to sit back and clarify our thinking, our conceptions, our memories. This book provides a sounding board for just this process. It is an excellent guide for young adults who grew up in the Roosevelt years, with no memory of the years before, and it is a good memory prop for their elders.