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Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny Paperback – April 2, 1991
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Top Customer Reviews
It's not only quixotic but also destructive to swelter in anarcho-capitalist or libertarian myths about FDR and the New Deal. Critics of Roosevelt are advised at least to know their man.
However, this is not a horrible book by any stretch. The author offers readers plenty about the 1932 election, FDR's disastrous decision to pack the Supreme Court, his thoughts and actions following Pearl Harbor, FDR's wartime strategy on the home front, his four presidential elections and even his death on April 12, 1945. Freidel covers the milestones of FDR's presidency well, but the devil is in the details. While I have not yet read Conrad Black's mammoth 1,200-page bio on FDR, one would hope it goes deeper than Freidel's 600-page tome. This book is recommended as a starter, or as part of a series of books to understand and study FDR.
I really liked Freidel's account of FDR trying to manipulate gold prices. You really get a good behind the scenes look of FDR trying to implement his programs in the early 1930's. You will discover that FDR was fairly quick to catch on to the danger that Hitler presented to the free world. Amazingly, you will discover how the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor was either partially brought about, or brought about more quickly by a clerical error while FDR was on one of his many vacations.
I really enjoyed this book. Even if you are a well seasoned student of history, you will find a lot of little known facts, mostly behind the scenes details, in this fine work by Freidel. A great place to start your study of FDR's amazing life.
Freidel originally wrote an outstanding four-volume biography of Franklin Roosevelt that meticulously detailed FDR's life from childhood, through his ordeal with polio, to the early years of FDR's presidency. Read that well-written biography if you want a deep understanding of the man and his times. Freidel never finished that multi-volume biography of Roosevelt into the war years; it was suppose to be six volumes.
Instead, Freidel wrote this excellent one-volume Roosevelt biography called Rendezvous with Destiny, which condenses Freidel's lifelong research into one volume. The coverage of FDR's early years and Eleanor Roosevelt's story are especially excellent. This is the standard reference biography of Franklin Roosevelt by probably the best historian of Roosevelt.
This biography starts with a superb background into Roosevelt's early life in upper class New York. His personal life was fascinating. FDR was born secure and confident. His mother was assertive and doted on her only child. Franklin attended Groton and Harvard. He loved to sail and greatly admired his cousin Theodore Roosevelt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Roosevelt's life is covered in somewhat broad scope. Hard to feel that you are reading about an individual. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by S. Willoughby
FDR is one of those presidents that, love him or hate him, you can't ignore him. So I picked up this history book a while back to become better informed about the man and his... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by C.P.M.
When I read the other reviews I wondered if we had read the same book. Unlike the other reviewers, I thought the prose was dry and the details lacking. Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by Robert S. Costic
Was FDR one of the four or five greatest American presidents, a man who worked tirelessly to alleviate the suffering caused by the Great Depression and who was instrumental in our... Read morePublished on August 26, 2003 by James Yanni
The best one volume biography on America's greatest President. As a historian I higly recommend this tome.Published on March 2, 2001 by Chris Hagin, Ph.D.