From Library Journal
Any list of the New Deal's premier historians must include Leuchtenburg, best known for Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal (LJ 6/15/63), which is familiar to four decades of undergraduates. Like his previous works, the nine pieces collected here are concerned with the record as well as the reverberations of the New Deal. All but one were previously published and all have been revised lightly to moderately since they were originally presented as articles, chapters, interview, or addresses. Leuchtenburg is among the generation of historians who lived through the New Deal before creating a monumental body of interpretation. Recently, he published The Supreme Court Reborn (LJ 3/15/95), a gathering of his work on the court of those years. As Leuchtenburg approaches retirement, these two latest titles will hang like plaques honoring an outstanding career. In sum, the present work offers a fine precis of this historian's assessment of the New Deal, suitable for all academic and some public libraries.?Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.
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The FDR Years will serve as benchmark and provocation. An absorbing collection of eight essays and an oral-history interview with the author... the book covers topics from Roosevelt's relationship with Huey Long to the Tennessee Valley Authority and the New Deal's use of the war metaphor. As a whole, it reacts to the criticisms of the New Deal and its leader made over the past thirty years and anticipates those of the next.
Leuchtenburg's ability to present a compelling, informed analysis and to draw readers into the world of national politics makes this collection an essential part of any understanding of FDR, the New Deal, and their joint legacy.
(Journal of American History