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Nothing to fear : FDR in photographs
Gallagher, Hugh Gregory.
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Clearwater, FL : Vandamere Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 164 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 x 25 cm
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E807 .G355 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Award-winning Roosevelt biographer Hugh Gregory Gallagher offers an intimate glimpse into FDR's life and times with this thoroughly-researched, unique selection of photographs. Each chapter of this stunning new photo-biography of the greatest American president of the Twentieth Century begins with a short, concise account providing an honest assessment of FDR at the various stages of his life. Step by step, the major events of FDR's life unfold: the early years, his marriage to Eleanor, his entry into politics, polio, the Great Depression, and World War II. The last chapter reviews the changes in American society and government made by FDR that are his lasting legacy. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs of FDR, his family, and the important leaders and events of those amazing years. The most famous photographs of the President are included as well as many never before published. The photographs selected portray a delicate balance of the public and private FDR, and attempt to present him as a complete person.

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Booklist Review

Gallagher writes as an FDR admirer, for his book does not address the many controversies of Roosevelt's career in any sustained way. Rather, Gallagher's text is more like an enlarged caption to the dozens of photographs that are his book's main attraction. These indeed project the jaunty, optimistic, indomitable magnetism of Roosevelt --smile, cigarette holder, and leg braces included--which will not fail to affect the browsers who will be Gallagher's audience. They'll sense the optimism of the Roosevelt persona captured by photos from his boyhood, by the PR photos taken in his early political career in the Wilson administration, by the pictures of his rehabilitation from polio, and by the selection of images from his presidency. Adulatory and uncritical, Gallagher's summary may spark the curious to seek weightier literature about FDR, which is hardly as unadulterated in its praise as this work is. --Gilbert Taylor

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Nothing to Fear: FDR in Photographs, Roosevelt biographer Hugh Gregory Gallagher pays homage to the beloved president. The succinct text is secondary to the more telling photographs, which portray FDR alone, with his family and alongside heads of state. Besides photos of young Franklin on horseback with his father and images of FDR and Eleanor greeting wounded WWII vets, Gallagher assembles revealing photographs of Depression-era poverty, some familiar (like Dorothea Lange's depiction of an anonymous migrant woman) and others new. Similarly, this collection includes famous FDR photos, as well as many never before published. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Although we have many fine biographies of Franklin Roosevelt, nothing conveys his ebullience and determination as a photograph can. Here, in some 165 shots of FDR, dating from his youth to just prior to his death and also showing family, political associates, and the public events of his times, one can see the greatness of leadership he provided across both depression and war. The least familiar and so most interesting photographs show FDR as a child and then a young politician and president, but with wheelchair, crutches, or braces visible, as they rarely were to his contemporaries or to the generations who know FDR only in history. Gallagher, whose FDR's Splendid Deception examined how Roosevelt was able to lead through crisis despite his polio, includes a brief, admiring biographical text. His book, although an optional purchase, will nicely complement the FDR biographies already owned by most public and academic libraries. Robert F. Nardini, Chichester, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.