“This well-researched, cradle-to-grave study reminds readers that FDR constantly governed on whims, hunches and Hail Mary passes.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“Eminent historian Robert Dallek pulls together generations of scholarship and writes a through-line narrative for the dominant presidential figure of the 20th century.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
Written by Robert Dallek, Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life is a timely biography of one of the greatest American presidents.
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and NPR, this literature has been showered with tons of praise:
“We come to see in FDR the magisterial, central figure in the greatest and richest political tapestry of our nation’s entire history” —Nigel Hamilton, Boston Globe
“Meticulously researched and authoritative” —Douglas Brinkley, The Washington Post
“A workmanlike addition to the literature on Roosevelt.” —David Nasaw, The New York Times
“Dallek offers an FDR relevant to our sharply divided nation” —Michael Kazin
Franklin Roosevelt came from a privileged background but had more interests than fulfilling the role of management of the family fortune or indulging in personal pleasures. With his charismatic personality, he persuaded a nation to elect him as president of the United States of America instead. He focused his political ability on uniting the people and becoming a consensus maker.
Dallek’s work on Franklin D. Roosevelt gives amazing insight on this man who championed the nation’s needs, who won recognition for his intellect, who revolutionized changes in the country’s economic and social institutions and who paved the way for change in the country’s foreign relations.
He commanded the love of millions of people and Dallek sought to bring that dedication through the pages of his biography. Dallek attributed this president’s success to his understanding that the American political system depended on building a national consensus that commanded stable long-term popular support as well as making presidency the central, most influential institution in modern the American political system.
Franklin Roosevelt was a man of the people who recognized the vital importance of remaining attentive to the public’s needs around policy making decisions.