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Together We Cannot Fail: FDR and the American Presidency in Years of Crisis Hardcover – November 1, 2009
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"While listening to the audio, readers will be struck by Roosevelt's immense oratory skills. In his famous 'fireside chats,' the president adopted a down-to-earth, fatherly tone, but when the occasion demanded it, he could thunderously deliver such lines as, 'this generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.' A fine contextualization of Roosevelt's life and times."
An uncommon portrait of Roosevelt's presidency, in words, photographs, and his own voice
This vivid portrait shows a nation at its best and at its worst, through the lens of a president's words during the first presidency truly impacted by the media age. An FDR biography unlike any other, Together We Cannot Fail offers a new view of Roosevelt's transformation of an insular America into the world's most revered and feared superpower. An exclusive accompanying CD integrates with the biography to reveal in his own words how he led the nation through the Great Depression and World War II to its "rendezvous with destiny."
Historian Terry Golway brings alive how Roosevelt saved America from its worst fears and led the nation to victory in a cataclysmic world war and by doing so forever changed how Americans live and view themselves. Crafted from Roosevelt's own stirring words, this unique biography shows how he invented and established the practice of the media presidency with his famous fireside chats, the first presidential speeches broadcast nationally from the White House.
Hear FDR speak to the nation in 30 famous speeches on an exclusive audio CD
For twelve tumultuous presidential years, Roosevelt regularly spoke to the American people, this man of wealth and privilege giving voice to the downtrodden's American Dream. The first in a long line of media presidencies, Roosevelt's innate ability to connect with the people remains the standard by which even the best of them—Kennedy, Reagan, and Obama alike—are judged. Roosevelt's words would define a remarkable presidency that faced and overcame the country's worst economic crisis and a war to end all wars.
Together We Cannot Fail brings the president and his era to life like no other biography, combining the insight of noted historian Terry Golway with Roosevelt's own voice in audio excerpts from his most memorable speeches and chats.(20090715)
From Publishers Weekly
The United States economy is failing, a war overseas threatens global security, and a president who tells the country I still believe in ideals manages to keep hope alive. That president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Golway (Let Every Nation Know) describes Roosevelt's use of radio airwaves to become not merely a political figure but a beloved and trusted friend, almost a guest in the homes of everyday Americans. This is examined with great attention to FDR's rhetorical prowess and illustrated by the accompanying CD, which includes audio clips from some of FDR's most famed speeches and fireside chats. We can hear him telling Americans that isolationism was impossible because the world had shrunk; that despite the Depression we have nothing to fear but fear itself; that sometimes we must sacrifice at home for liberty abroad. The book and CD will resonate deeply with those seeking a historical context for today's economic crisis, interested in WWII or merely fascinated by the spoken word's power to inspire hope. Photos. (Oct.)
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The subtitle of this book is "FDR and the American Presidency in Years of Crisis". It would be a stretch calling this book a full up biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt insofar that the focus is only on his four terms as President. Nonetheless as an introductory text the author covers all the key issues of 1933-45 in an easy to read 286 pages.
The author's narrative, while articulate and to the point, can only summarize the issues that FDR had to resolve during his Presidency. I believe that is a distinct virtue of this book for students and the general reader who only require an introduction or a refresher to the period, issues and the personalities.
If you consider purchasing this book assure yourself that the accompanying CD has not been removed. On the CD are 30 excerpts from actual recordings of FDR's fireside chats, addresses to congress and speeches that are keyed to the text. Hearing FDR speak in the context of key events during his tenure as President is simply amazing. An index, a short bibliography and notes add to the usefulness of this book.