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Franklin D. Roosevelt : a rendezvous with destiny
Freidel, Frank, 1916-1993.
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Boston : Little Brown, 1990.
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viii, 710 pages ; 24 cm
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E807 .F75 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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E807 .F75 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E807 .F75 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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A biography of one of the most important world leaders of the 20th century, emphasizing Roosevelt's political and war-time achievements. Drawing upon extensive sources and recent scholarship, it examines the development of the complex inner man and the dynamic public figure.

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Booklist Review

On the basis of his four-volume biography Franklin D. Roosevelt, published between 1952 and 1973, Freidel has come to be regarded as the FDR scholar. This single-volume treatment of the thirty-second president is not a condensation of the previous presentations, for the multivolume biography, despite its length, covered only Roosevelt's life up to 1933. This treatment is cradle-to-grave, the reader moving comfortably through the early chapters about Roosevelt's upbringing and political apprenticeship to the meat of Freidel's appraisal: extensive chapters on the New Deal and World War II. While narrating with consummate skill the events in which Roosevelt participated, the author is equally concerned about the interior man: not only the motives behind momentous decisions of state but also the tenor of his personal relationships (first and foremost, that with his wife, Eleanor). Though Freidel has devoted much of his career to FDR historiography, this is by no means a tired recitation of material leached of all nutrients; it is, rather, a vigorous rethinking. Notes, bibliography; to be indexed. --Brad Hooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this masterful biography by the author of the four-volume Franklin D. Roosevelt , the many facets of FDR--son, student, husband, father, state senator, political appointee, polio victim, politician, governor, chief executive, commander-in-chief, world statesman--are revealed in turn, comprising a full accounting of the man and his works. One of the most loved and most hated figures in U.S. history, Roosevelt has been viewed by opponents as shallow, incompetent and dictatorial. While revisionist historians have lately attempted to support that stance, Freidel amasses evidence that renders it untenable. His FDR is a man of vision, sound judgment and decisiveness who rescued the nation's economy from imminent collapse and defended democracy not only in the U.S. but throughout the world. This is as fine a one-volume biography of the 32nd president as we are likely to get. Photos. History Book Club alternate. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

One volume has been too small a vessel for most FDR biographers. Five multivolume projects are on the shelves, while only three recent works of significance measure Roosevelt's entire life in a single book. The latest is Freidel's, whose Franklin D. Roosevelt (1952-73), even in four volumes, doesn't go past 1933. The graceful narrative of that magnum opus is absent in the author's new work, which is not so much a true biography as a distillation of the mass of Roosevelt scholarship. Freidel's new life concentrates on Roosevelt's presidency, with public events the consistent focus, and the private man left mainly alone. What results is the most authoritative of the one-volume works; but Nathan Miller's FDR ( LJ 1/1/83) will often be the best choice for nonacademic readers, and Ted Morgan's FDR ( LJ 11/1/85) is also available. For all college and many public libraries.-- Robert F. Nardini, N. Chichester, N.H. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.