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Despite this quibble, it's still a wonderful book, a great intro to FDR, and well worth reading.
This book relies on secondary sources mostly, and its footnoting is unhelpful--the footnotes just tell what secondary source the author got the information from.
It states FDR's limitations, failures and of course his great abilities as a leader and as an orator extraordinaire.
To think that the best president of the US ever is not on mont Rushmore ... Unconceivable.
Great research and writing by Mr. Black
As European, I enjoy an occasional presidential bio, and was looking for a good FDR one. This title was mentioned frequently as being the best. Read morePublished 4 months ago by geertmatthys
When I first saw this book at Waldenbooks, I was struck by the sheer size of the tome. At 1280 pages (including notes and index; 1134 pages of text), this is a huge book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jason Russell
Best book on FDR, Most comprehensive and balanced. It covers his career thoroughly and fairly. It doesn't have the adulation that taints the scientific approach found in so many... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MK
Lord Conrad Black's plus one thousand-page biography of President Franklin D. Roosevelt is one heck of a read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeremy A. Perron
Superb book. Loved reading it. Wonderful detail. I could not recommend this more. If you are interested in FDR you have to read this.Published 14 months ago by P. Randolph
Mr. Black not only captures every nuance of the man and president we know as FDR, he has written what may be the best comprehensive political history of the first half of the 20th... Read morePublished 16 months ago by kmhorgan
Takes a strong point of view, but meticulously researched. A seminal work. My congratulations to Lord Black on a great piece of scholarship.Published 20 months ago by Joseph A. Field
Who would have thought it? The often contrary Lord Black counters a number of his own political views in producing a thoughtful, opinionated (but fair-minded) and largely... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chimonsho