Traitor to His Class

Traitor to His Class

The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Book - 2013
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A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the twentieth century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years, his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised, his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy in America during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

Drawing on archival materials, public speeches, personal correspondence, and accounts by family and close associates, acclaimed bestselling historian and biographer H. W. Brands offers a compelling and intimate portrait of Roosevelt's life and career.

Brands explores the powerful influence of FDR's dominating mother and the often tense and always unusual partnership between FDR and his wife, Eleanor, and her indispensable contributions to his presidency. Most of all, the book traces in breathtaking detail FDR's revolutionary efforts with his New Deal legislation to transform the American political economy in order to save it, his forceful--and cagey--leadership before and during World War II, and his lasting legacy in creating the foundations of the postwar international order.

Traitor to His Class brilliantly captures the qualities that have made FDR a beloved figure to millions of Americans.

Publisher: Random House Digital, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781415956687
1415956685
Branch Call Number: eAudio
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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Jedi_Bunny
Feb 13, 2016

A fascinating, informative biography. Not only did I learn a great deal about FDR's presidency, I also learned something about what goes on behind the scenes in politics and discovered that many of the issues being addressed at that time are still relevant today.
The main focus of the book is Roosevelt's political life and the events happening in the United States and the world during his time.

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