Ken Burns' The Roosevelts - Favorite Book on FDR

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Ken Burns' The Roosevelts - Favorite Book on FDR

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okt 27, 2014, 6:30 pm

My first choice for a single-volume biography of FDR would probably be Traitor to His Class by H. W. Brands.

Although it's dated, and it's more about the New Deal years than the war years, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.'s three-volume "The Age of Roosevelt" series--The Crisis of the Old Order, The Coming of the New Deal, and The Politics of Upheaval is still valuable reading.

Finally, I will give an enthusiastic second to the Eric Larrabee volume recommended by Ammianus, which is outstanding on Roosevelt's record as a war leader.

jan 16, 2015, 3:00 pm

#1> Like you, I enjoyed, Roosevelt's Secret War. But my favorite FDR book is the voluminous Roosevelt and Hopkins: an Intimate History by Robert E. Sherwood. Sherwood was himself in Roosevelt's wartime White House, so the perspective is quite interesting.

jan 28, 2015, 11:48 pm

I just finished watching the Ken Burns series (it's been sitting on the DVR) and I was motivated to pick up Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905 and A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt both by Geoffrey C. Ward.