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Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidency (Presidential Powerhouses) Library Binding – February 1, 2016
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Gr 8 Up—These fact-filled, well-written examinations of four presidents are perfectly timed for conversations about this year's most important election. Though the target audience can't vote, reading the set will prepare them to be informed future electors. Students will learn about innovative chief executives who led the nation through critical periods—and whose influence, personalities, and will shaped the presidency and America ever after. Balanced portrayals handle personal flaws and scandals, helping readers understand that even presidents, beleaguered by domestic and international troubles and political squabbling, succumb to human frailty. The series handles weighty matters with an appropriately serious tone, while using accessible language that doesn't patronize. The attractive design includes full-page portraits and signature replicas; pages festooned with stars; colorful, informative sidebars; and numerous contemporary photos, illustrations, and documents. VERDICT A worthy addition to student collections.
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First comes love, then comes marriage and Franklin had his eye on Eleanor Roosevelt, a “fifth cousin once removed.” After furthering his education at Columbia University, the new lawyer settled down with his new bride. Two children, Anna and James, soon joined their little family. Family and a law career may have been enough for most young men, but Franklin “intended to run for political office at the first opportunity.” The Democratic party appealed to him and soon he was making a run for the New York State Senate. “Roosevelt” was most likely a name that put him into office, but considered to be an “arrogant snob” by his political peers. Franklin had an uphill battle to run.
Franklin’s rise through the political ranks was unsurprising for anyone who knew him well. The ambitious young man landed a “position as assistant secretary of the navy” under President Woodrow Wilson in 1912. It was an enviable position, but scandal soon erupted on the home front. Those trips overseas weren’t all business because when “Eleanor unpacked his bags [she] discovered a collection of love letters.” Was Franklin’s love for Lucy Mercer going to be the end of his marriage, the end of his political career? Not if Eleanor and Franklin could help it, but concessions had to be made and promises that would later be broken were made.
The political rise continued, but disaster struck on a fateful trip to Campobello, the family vacation spot. Franklin began to feel under the weather and experienced chills and muscle aches which culminated in “a high fever and [he] suffered stabbing pains.” The seemingly innocuous illness was anything but ... Franklin was no longer able to walk. Work began in earnest and the next seven years were spend in rehabilitation. Polio wouldn’t stop him and politics soon began to call to him again. This time he would run for Governor of New York. The ultimate goal was the presidency, but would a man who barely could walk have the stamina to run for the most powerful position in the world? If he won, would he be an effective leader or simply a figurehead?
This is a very comprehensive overview of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency that young reader’s will enjoy. The layout of the book pops with period black and white photographs and numerous informative sidebars. For example, there’s a two-page spread discussing Eleanor and the importance of her work relative to success of Franklin’s presidency. The importance of Franklin’s presidency becomes evident as Linda Crotta Brennan details the numerous programs enacted from the planning stages to the end results. Young readers will marvel at Roosevelt’s success in dealing with a country in crisis, bringing it from the depths of despair to a country that would once again prosper.
The book is a very well-written one, concisely covering Roosevelt’s rise to the presidency, the Great Depression, social programs, Eleanor’s contributions to the country, wartime, issues, and much more. The latter part of the book recaps Roosevelt’s work, his lasting legacy to our country and the world. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a Timeline (1882 to 1945), Source Notes, a Selected Bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore.
Reading Grade Level: 8
Interest Grade Level: 6 to 12
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency
George Washington’s Presidency
James Madison’s Presidency
John F. Kennedy’s Presidency
This book courtesy of the publisher.