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  • Paperback: 900 pages
  • Publisher: Enigma Books (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929631049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929631049
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sherwood snagged the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for this portrait of FDR and Harry Hopkins, the man who helped in negotiations with Churchill, Stalin, and other wartime big shots. This revised edition incorporates new notes by Sherwood as well as a new introduction by Irwin Gellman.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955) was born in New Rochelle, NY. During World War II, he was the chief of the overseas branch of the Office of War Information (1942-44). In 1939 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his play, `Abe Lincoln in Illinois`; `The Petrified Forest` is among his other well-known dramas. In 1949 he received the Pulitzer Prize for biography for `Roosevelt and Hopkins.`

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I started reading this book and couldn't stop reading.
Jose Ernesto Passos
For the most part it is written in the first person by Robert Sherwood, a gifted author who worked with Hopkins while in the Roosevelt administration.
A. J. Colyer
Every person to whom I have recommended it, here or in Russia, has seen fit to tell me how much they appreciated the book and the recommendation.
Kenneth E. MacWilliams

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Colyer on December 21, 2004
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I bought this book, on some fair measure, due to the review written by Mr. Passos on Amazon's web site.I had heard the name Harry Hopkins for many years, and had the somewhat vague knowedge that Harry Hopkins was an intimate advisor and assistant to Franklin Roosevelt. I was curious when I saw the book at Amazon, and I bought it.

This is an outstanding book, and it easy for me to see why it is a Pulitzer Prize winner. The book is as much about the Roosevelt administration and related national and international history as it is about Messrs. Roosevelt & Hopkins. One of the interesting things about this book is that it was written in 1947;I reminded myself of that throughout my reading. For the most part it is written in the first person by Robert Sherwood, a gifted author who worked with Hopkins while in the Roosevelt administration. I gave a lot of credibility to the book because of the author's proximity to Hopkins and Rooseveltas well as the short time span between the actual events and the publishing of the book.

The book is well written by a man that had substantial prior experience in writing show business type material. In a number of instances the author puts himself on the scene of events, but by no means limits the book to his experiences with Roosevelt & Hopkins. There is considerable detail...sometimes when I read a review that makes that claim I suspect that I will encounter much minutiae with boredom to follow. Not the case here; there are many interesting explanitions, facts, discussions, etc. I found myself continuously engaged as some of the most compelling history of the U.S. unfolded at the hands of the author.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. MacWilliams on March 16, 2008
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I first read this book when I was in high school in 1952. For several years I had been captivated by politics and political biography, reading everything I could get my hands on. Sherwood's ROOSEVELT AND HOPKINS was the best. In the more than half century since, my passion for political writing and biography has continued unabated, and on many occasions I have recommended this book to others. Since 1991 I have traveled to Russia dozens of times and frequently recommend this book to English speaking Russian academics and politicians there. Every person to whom I have recommended it, here or in Russia, has seen fit to tell me how much they appreciated the book and the recommendation. Recently I began to wonder though. Was the book really as good as I recalled it from my first and only reading over 58 years ago? So I re-read it. It stood the test of time and of memory. It was even better than I recalled. It is an old and good friend, as alive, vibrant, and informative today as if all that the monumental and world-changing people and events described in it had happened yesterday.
Kenneth E. MacWilliams
New York City
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jose Ernesto Passos on March 6, 2004
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I started reading this book and couldn't stop reading.
When you finish reading it you miss the main characters. You would like to meet Mr. Hopkins in person, but unfortunately that is impossible.
The facts, ideas and the history in the book demonstrates that America had the most important political leader of the XXth century as president during second world war.
My personal opinion is that Mr. Roosevelt is the man that was responsible for truly changing the direction that history was about to take.
I read a translated version of the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Hercules Sutton on May 29, 2007
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When a brilliant dramatist & political speechwriter takes on the task of writing about a New Deal operative that he admires & expresses a desire to assure that his subject won't recede into history without recognition, one might be justified in examining that author's objectivity closely. But Sherwood's biography of Hopkins reveals an equally obvious intent to write a complete and accurate history. The result does credible homage to the man that steered the New Deal through relief efforts, war logistics & diplomacy--and to his biographer.

Besides commemorating Harry Hopkins, the book covers FDR and his Presidency. But it does so by interspersing material from Hopkins's personal papers between long quotations from secret communications (which would be embargoed for five decades nowadays) and the author's own experience of principle players & events. The result is a bit long & more tedious than the source from which the technique was borrowed, Churchill's history of WWII. Still, his insider's look at the Roosevelt White House provides insight that is available nowhere else. There are errors, inevitable in a work this comprehensive; Sherwood took responsibility by correcting & documenting them in the second edition, except for one. He has Roosevelt leaving Boston's Back Bay to give a speech at the Boston Arena, which is in the Back Bay. But such errors are niggling. This is an indispensible work for anyone who wants to know what Roosevelt, Hopkins, Churchill, De Gaulle & Stalin did and said--and how they interacted. It makes Stalin's post-war policy clear: "Never again," and Stalin was going to make sure of it, by any means necessary. It also explicitly points out the weakness of the U. S. Constitution at times of war.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JARome on January 27, 2013
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I read "The Hopkins Touch" by David Roll, and decided that I wanted to know more about this fascinating interaction and Harry Hopkins (HH) as a person, so I bought a used copy of the 1948 hardcover by Sherwood. It is by far better than the Roll book. First of all, Sherwood is an incredibly good writer, and since he was there for many of the events, he can offer his viewpoint and opinions. Also, when he discusses Hopkin's life before 1940,he ties formative events to their later impacts. Finally, because HH was also a good writer, it is enjoyable and fascinating to read almost complete reports that HH wrote.
Not only did Sherwood have access to all of HH's papers, but he also interviewed numerous people involved in the events and gives us their first-hand accounts. It reads like a novel and is hard to put down.
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