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  • Series: The Age of Roosevelt
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (July 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618340874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618340873
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR., the author of sixteen books, was a renowned historian and social critic. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1946 for The Age of Jackson and in 1966 for A Thousand Days. He was also the winner of the National Book Award for both A Thousand Days and Robert Kennedy and His Times (1979). In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Cost on August 3, 2010
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This book - as well as the previous two volumes - are thorough in their review of the national features of the New Deal, with great (perhaps too great) emphasis on the personalities of the New Deal administrators.

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.
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Why did I wait so long to read Schlesinger? I keep kicking myself about this lapse. "The Age of Roosevelt" is a must read. All four volumes are well researched, documented and written in a style that rivets the readers attention throughout.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George B. Fiala on September 2, 2007
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I just finished all three of Schlesinger's books on FDR and the New Deal... and this one finishes as Roosevelt defeats Landon for a second term. There is a reference within this book to a next volume, but he never wrote it? Additionally, Schlesinger wrote an autobiography that he entitled volume one, describing his life until 1950... and then never wrote the rest of it?

I'm just curious why he did that, since I would love to read the rest of both topics... he was a fabulous writer as well as a dapper character.

I highly recommend these three volumes for a better understanding of where we've come from as a country... I haven't yet read Amity Shlaes' neo-liberal anti-Roosevelt rant, but I plan to, because I can't believe that someone could think like that impassionately... one would have to be a banker or a member of the National Association of Manufacturers....
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hardcache on July 4, 2008
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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. Rich in analysis with the perspective of distance and time. A must read for any student of 20th century U.S. history.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wiliam J. Connelly on November 8, 2008
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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. Required reading for anyone who wants to understand U.S. politics and economic challenges in the first half of the 20th century.
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