An appraisal from the record, first and second hand (from recent books on F.D.R., etc.) that limns a shadier portrait of the man and his career than any- outside the hate groups -- to date. Covering the whole period as president, this scores heavily the defaulted promises; the corrosive effect of power; the weakening of American security, political strength, economic structure; stresses also the propaganda that the public from true knowledge of affairs. Not an hysterical harangue, but a footnoted assemblage of facts, which, if controversially interpreted, attempts to balance out a too heavy veneration, a too blind elaboration of the man as president, world leader and person. Criticism, biased, but researched, that includes both public and family faces of the man, those he followed and/or betrayed. A man in the street approach, to questions still perhaps too close for fair appraisal.