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The Politics of Upheaval: 1935-1936, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume III (Vol 3) Paperback – July 9, 2003
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The credibility of the series suffers, however, because of its hagiographical undertones, which can be immediately apprehended by the front cover of Volume III. These occasionally bubble up to the surface in the form of patently absurd statements. For instance, on page 575, Schlesinger reviews Roosevelt's preferences for an opponent in the 1936 campaign:
"During 1935 Roosevelt had hoped that Hoover would be his opponent in 1936. This was only partly because he supposed Hoover would make a weak candidate. It was more that he considered Hoover the one Republican leader to possess (in Moley's words) "the massive convictions and intelligence to provide an alternative to the New Deal." With Hoover heading the Republican ticket, the electorate would confront a genuine choice."
The ascription of such high-toned qualities to a candidate in search for a second term is highly questionable, to say the least. Roosevelt wanted Hoover in 1936 because the latter was a political loser with the stain of Depression forever sullying his record. Period. End of sentence. For Schlesinger to suggest that a more dominant consideration for Roosevelt was that Hoover could make the best case against the New Deal is frankly absurd. No politician wishes for the candidate who will offer the most informed and cogent denunciations of his program!
This is one of the more extreme examples of Schlesinger's conceit.Read more ›
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Unique combination of readable but thorough history of FDR and the New Deal. Measures up to scholarly criteria without boring your pants off. Read morePublished on November 8, 2008 by Wiliam J. Connelly
The history of politics in the 20th century is found in these volumes on the life and times of FDR from - populists to the progressives. Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by T Cosmos