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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Lions Tamed, July 17, 2009
This review is from: Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship (Paperback)
This is an engrossing piece of soft biography, rather the sort of thing written by journalist historians usually on the lives of movie stars, especially beloved female stars such as Kate. It is a curious thing that Roosevelt has become so much like the Russians Tsars in seeming to have belonged utterly to a lost world. I happen to be a Roosevelt fan, a kind of Rooseveltiana collector; what is interesting is how this seems to be how most Americans including Mr. Meacham continue to see and remember him. One thing stands out, among so many things, and that is the enormous amount of alcohol consumed by that generation, before the advent of Chablis and so on. Roosevelt's was the generation of the cocktail hour and by golly they drank up a storm. Churchill stands out, of course, as the grand drinker; he practically single handedly wiped out the Roosevelt fortune by demanding French champagne and scotch whiskey at all hours when visiting the Roosevelts both at the White House and at Hyde Park. Actually, all this has been long exposed and well-known. How this book contributes is not obvious to me. I didn't come across much that was new to me. I can say that it would serve as a marvelous introduction for those just discovering whether R or C. The men are unquestionably the most interesting leaders of the free world. I must say, I always come away from reading about these guys reflecting anew on the poverty of post-war leadership. What a bunch of bums!
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