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Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Paperback – September 8, 2009
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Traitor To His Class is an exceptional book. You get all the background, not only of FDR, Eleanor, Sara, & family, but also of the political scene of the time including TR and Woodrow Wilson, the failed economy and FDR's New Deal, WWII and Churchill from the ingenious 'lend lease' up through Pearl Harbor, Truman and ultimately his death at Warm Springs. Brands is able to place the reader inside the mindset of FDR as all of this history is being made.
It is difficult to write a concise review of such a well-researched and masterfully written work. If you've read Brands before, you'll love Traitor To His Class just as much if not more than his other works. For those who are new to Brands and are looking for an FDR biography/history, I would highly recommend this one due to the attention to detail and intelligent yet friendly presentation. You won't be disappointed.
When I first saw the size of this book, I hesitated to read something so daunting, but I was born in 1930, my parents were Republicans and didn't know the overall picture and only saw what seemed to be waste occurring. I decided to read this book to determine the truth of events that I could remember from having been a child. Although I stray from reviewing the book per se, since this has already been adequately done, I want to show the readers how this man left a lasting impression and love by the American people, and his enemies were usually of a political nature. It is truly difficult to comprehend how an individual raised in an atmosphere of such wealth and power could turn his back on it as he did.
This author did such an excellent job of showing Roosevelt, the man, and how hard he worked to finally get to the Presidency. The book deeply covered the corruption of politics in D.C. and the country and the maneuvering that took place. It also showed how FDR could manipulate people. This book truly opened up politics as it was and is. In the newsreels he never showed his physical pain caused by the braces. In fact, the newsreels photographed him in such a way that most of us did not know how crippled he was. I never would have thought of him as being handsome because I saw him on the newsreels when he was older. The newspapers never revealed his extra-marital relationships and so that came as a shock years later to the public at large.
I truly commend his consideration of the people of Warm Springs, Georgia, which caused him to try to increase wages for the very poor, which the book hints he never realized until he had spent time in the rural areas.Read more ›
Put this together with Behrman's "The Most Noble Adventure" regarding the Marshall Plan and you follow many of the same players into the next generation. Both books are written so well as to read like novels.
A great gift for anyone interested in history and/or politics.
Brands. "He (FDR) believed in democracy - in the capacity of ordinary Americans, exercising their collective judgment, to address the ills that afflicted their society. He refused to rely on the invisible hand of the marketplace, for the compelling reason that during his lifetime the invisible hand had wreaked very visible havoc on millions of unoffending Americans. He refused to accept that government invariably bungled whatever it attempted, and his refusal inspired government efforts that had a tremendous positive effect on millions of marginal farmers, furloughed workers, and struggling merchants . . . Did he get everything right? By no means, and he never claimed he did. But he got a great deal right. He caught the banking system in free fall and guided it to a soft landing. He sponsored rules that helped prevent a recurrence of the banking collapse and the stock market crash that preceded it".
While some might question that last sentence, it would be stretch to expect even a great man to have the foresight to see what markets would "innovate" sixty years after his death. His research is excellent, his writing within grasp of a non-scholar and is simply a highly informative and enjoyable historical read.
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Bought this as a gift having read it and finding it to be the best book out of four that I've read on FDR.Published 4 days ago by dzan
This is a very fine biography of FDR. It emphasizes how much he learned about the presidency from his cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, as well as Woodrow Wilson, whom he served as an... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Garth Molyneux
Detailed, close-up examination our greatest President, at least of the Twentieth Century.Published 1 month ago by Aristppheron
A very complete, intriguing and insightful history of one of the greatest humans beings in American history. I am certain you will thoroughly enjoy this book.Published 3 months ago by Thomas E Kirkham
wow what a book! full of details . always wondered about roosevelt and exactly how he grew up to become the "man of the hour" when the country was in crisis!Published 3 months ago by Babs D.
The book's well-written and easy to read. All written history carries the biases of the historian, which is why it is good to read several sources. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ed Wyrick