Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and deal maker In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as ...

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Title:Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life
Author:Robert Dallek
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Number of Pages:704 pages pages

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life Reviews

  • Dave
    Nov 21, 2017

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

  • Corny
    Jun 27, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

  • Linda
    Feb 23, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

  • Tom
    Nov 29, 2017

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

  • Kay Wright
    Jan 28, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

  • Steve
    Nov 23, 2017

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

    Excellent single volume account of FDR's career in elected office. Dallek puts it all into perspective, in a highly readable manner. Roosevelt's enduring contributions and legacy cannot be understated in the context of the history of the United States. ...

    This book is well written and provides an abundant amount of facts about FDR's personal life as well as presidency. I also enjoyed learning new information about Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill, Huey Long, Copperheads, etc. ...

    This book shows why FDR is generally considered the third best President in American history. This book doesn't why away from his faults, some of which were major. However, In this book we gain great insight into the political climate and tensions that were in place during the 1930 and...

    One of the best and most detailed biographies I have read on Franklin D. Roosevelt. Very well written and researched. ...

  • Tom
    Dec 30, 2017

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

    Excellent single volume account of FDR's career in elected office. Dallek puts it all into perspective, in a highly readable manner. Roosevelt's enduring contributions and legacy cannot be understated in the context of the history of the United States. ...

    This book is well written and provides an abundant amount of facts about FDR's personal life as well as presidency. I also enjoyed learning new information about Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill, Huey Long, Copperheads, etc. ...

    This book shows why FDR is generally considered the third best President in American history. This book doesn't why away from his faults, some of which were major. However, In this book we gain great insight into the political climate and tensions that were in place during the 1930 and...

    One of the best and most detailed biographies I have read on Franklin D. Roosevelt. Very well written and researched. ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek courtesy of Net Galley and Penguin Group Viking, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book...

    A very good biography stressing FDR's political life. Quite remarkable in its honesty about FDR's health and the various ladies in his life. ...

  • Terrie
    Aug 19, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

  • Jeff J.
    Jan 07, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

  • Cooper
    Apr 26, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

    Excellent single volume account of FDR's career in elected office. Dallek puts it all into perspective, in a highly readable manner. Roosevelt's enduring contributions and legacy cannot be understated in the context of the history of the United States. ...

    This book is well written and provides an abundant amount of facts about FDR's personal life as well as presidency. I also enjoyed learning new information about Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill, Huey Long, Copperheads, etc. ...

    This book shows why FDR is generally considered the third best President in American history. This book doesn't why away from his faults, some of which were major. However, In this book we gain great insight into the political climate and tensions that were in place during the 1930 and...

    One of the best and most detailed biographies I have read on Franklin D. Roosevelt. Very well written and researched. ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek courtesy of Net Galley and Penguin Group Viking, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book...

    A very good biography stressing FDR's political life. Quite remarkable in its honesty about FDR's health and the various ladies in his life. ...

    ...

  • Grady McCallie
    Mar 21, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

  • Ernest Ialongo
    Feb 01, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

    Excellent single volume account of FDR's career in elected office. Dallek puts it all into perspective, in a highly readable manner. Roosevelt's enduring contributions and legacy cannot be understated in the context of the history of the United States. ...

    This book is well written and provides an abundant amount of facts about FDR's personal life as well as presidency. I also enjoyed learning new information about Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill, Huey Long, Copperheads, etc. ...

    This book shows why FDR is generally considered the third best President in American history. This book doesn't why away from his faults, some of which were major. However, In this book we gain great insight into the political climate and tensions that were in place during the 1930 and...

    One of the best and most detailed biographies I have read on Franklin D. Roosevelt. Very well written and researched. ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek courtesy of Net Galley and Penguin Group Viking, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book...

    A very good biography stressing FDR's political life. Quite remarkable in its honesty about FDR's health and the various ladies in his life. ...

    ...

    ...

  • Adam
    Mar 01, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

    Excellent single volume account of FDR's career in elected office. Dallek puts it all into perspective, in a highly readable manner. Roosevelt's enduring contributions and legacy cannot be understated in the context of the history of the United States. ...

    This book is well written and provides an abundant amount of facts about FDR's personal life as well as presidency. I also enjoyed learning new information about Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill, Huey Long, Copperheads, etc. ...

    This book shows why FDR is generally considered the third best President in American history. This book doesn't why away from his faults, some of which were major. However, In this book we gain great insight into the political climate and tensions that were in place during the 1930 and...

  • Casey Wheeler
    Dec 04, 2017

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

    Excellent single volume account of FDR's career in elected office. Dallek puts it all into perspective, in a highly readable manner. Roosevelt's enduring contributions and legacy cannot be understated in the context of the history of the United States. ...

    This book is well written and provides an abundant amount of facts about FDR's personal life as well as presidency. I also enjoyed learning new information about Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill, Huey Long, Copperheads, etc. ...

    This book shows why FDR is generally considered the third best President in American history. This book doesn't why away from his faults, some of which were major. However, In this book we gain great insight into the political climate and tensions that were in place during the 1930 and...

    One of the best and most detailed biographies I have read on Franklin D. Roosevelt. Very well written and researched. ...

    I received a free Kindle copy of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek courtesy of Net Galley and Penguin Group Viking, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book...

  • Amy
    Mar 01, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

    Excellent single volume account of FDR's career in elected office. Dallek puts it all into perspective, in a highly readable manner. Roosevelt's enduring contributions and legacy cannot be understated in the context of the history of the United States. ...

    This book is well written and provides an abundant amount of facts about FDR's personal life as well as presidency. I also enjoyed learning new information about Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill, Huey Long, Copperheads, etc. ...

  • Dale
    Dec 05, 2017

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

  • Bret
    Aug 18, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

  • Chuck Thomas
    Oct 27, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

    Excellent single volume account of FDR's career in elected office. Dallek puts it all into perspective, in a highly readable manner. Roosevelt's enduring contributions and legacy cannot be understated in the context of the history of the United States. ...

  • Brett
    Oct 03, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

  • Gerry Connolly
    Jun 15, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

    Robert Dallek has written a good, accessible one volume political biography of FDR. He correctly lists his subject as among the tripartite pantheon of great presidents that includes Washington and Lincoln. A workmanlike history of a complex and visionary leader. ...

  • Andrea Engle
    Feb 10, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

  • Steve Cunningham
    Jun 22, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

  • Joseph J.
    Dec 31, 2017

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

  • Robin Case
    Jan 24, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a good biography on Franklin Roosevelt. This is not it. This is more like thick propaganda spread on a plate of narcissism. It looks like one book is just not enough to do an FDR biography properly. Not recommended. Sad. I really wanted t...

  • Harriet Brown
    Mar 02, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jan 28, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

  • Keith Landry
    Oct 25, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

  • Bob Miller
    Apr 06, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

  • Bill Lucey
    Mar 27, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

  • David Shaffer
    Jun 28, 2018

    Having been disappointed in recent presidents (and in particular #43 and #45), I wanted to refresh my memory and learn about some of the presidents that are more or less universally recognized as being the best of breed. Luckily for me, Robert Dallek published his FDR biography in Nove...

    It is difficult to read a Presidential biography and not reflect on our current divisive politics. A massive tome about FDR seems to appear every ten or so years. Robert Dallek's focus is on FDR's Presidential years. Anyone requiring more on the years before 1933 must look to Kenneth D...

    USA 2018. You need to read this. F0r those who have read countless books about FDR, depression, WW2, you will reminded what made America great and imperfect. For the young, you might learn that what it means to have a United country. I love the fact that in April 1945, USA had to ha...

    One of the many jobs in my background was managing the bookstore at the FDR Memorial in DC. FDR, along with his distant cousin TR, is one of my top book subjects. Up to now Jean Smith' bio has been my favorite 1 volume bio of FDR. Dallek's bio is now on the top of my list. Of partic...

    Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt have long been of interest to me to the point of reading many, many books about the couple. One might think that I would not learn anything new about them. This is not true. I especially appreciated the amount of information in this book about Franklin's ...

    I get the sense that Roosevelt had a bit of a savior complex. It doesn't help that the author agrees with Roosevelt- that Roosevelt was the only person on the planet that was capable of leading the United States through World War II. I felt the book made a number of dubious claims and ...

    With the many books written on Roosevelt I feel that this one most likely didn't need to be written. Rather than display the facts and give you a full presentation of Roosevelt's life I feel like the author was a Roosevelt fan boy who wanted to display a full picture but thought that R...

    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political Life Franklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book. ...

    At times, getting through this colossal book was a real effort. That being said, all the key points and motivations for FDR's extraordinary success during complicated times are explored more than competently. I learned a considerable amount about this fascinating man. ...

    It?s really long, almost 1000 pages, very dry, very detailed but full of the respect and affection Dallek has for FDR. In a time when the Presidency itself is under siege looking back on a man who overcame incredible personal obstacles and led us through the depression and WWII mainl...

    This is a solid and enjoyable one-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is written without much styistic flair, and the citations are rudimentary. At a few places in the book, I found myself thinking, ?oh, that?s a nice touch - that anecdote really offers an insight...

    Historian Robert Dallek, author of ?An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,? and ?Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power,? among other seminal works on presidential power, presents a sparkling one-volume biography on the Squire of Hyde Park, ?Franklin D. Roosevelt: A ...

    Good overview of FDR's career, emphasizing his time in the presidency, and providing what were, for me, some new insights. Notes: His 3rd and 4th term elections were attributed largely to the war situation, he basically aware that he would take the U.S. into war despite giving the...

    I don't for a minute believe that the timing of Robert Dallek's biography of FDR is a coincidence. If you were to choose one President to represent the antithesis of everything that #45 represents, it would have to be Roosevelt. This book is a magnificent work of historical synthesis, ...

    I read Dallek?s JFK book which was a favorite because of his detailed treatment of Kennedy?s many serious ailments which he overcame to reach the nation?s highest office. FDR had to do much the same thing and the author is at his best when describing these challenges. However, hi...

    Well written and good. It didn't strike me as excellent because of the things that the author focused on and the things that he skipped. Such a huge work kept my mind thinking throughout. I have a desire to capture some of the thoughts: What New Deal policies could be ended? Which ...

    Historian Robert Dallek?s latest doorstop of a biography focuses on President Franklin Roosevelt. The subtitle of the book is appropriate - not only does the book focus on his time in Government, it also makes abundantly clear that Roosevelt was a political animal. The New Deal was i...

    Elegantly written, he is fair and judicious with a subject he clearly admires. Dallek examines the highs and lows of the longest presidential administration in our nation's history. Roosevelt was far from flawless, according to Dallek, yet few presidents have shown such dedication to p...

    With his focus squarely on the political aspects of Roosevelt's biography, this author reveals a dynamic facet of his subject ... quotes opinion polls, campaign rhetoric, newspaper critics, and fireside chats, giving substance to the author's view of Roosevelt ... goes into depth over ...

    I found Robert Dallek's Franklin Roosevelt A to be an insightful analysis of Franklin Roosevelt. It dealt with his whole life, focusing on his presidential years and provided a fair and balanced view if Franklin Roosevelt. I would recommend it strongly for those interested in the Great...