his timely biography by H. W. Brands examines the life of one of Americas greatest presidents. Born to wealth and privilege, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became a champion for the poor and downtrodden throughout his presidency. Despite deteriorating health from polio, he went on to be one of our most energetic, charismatic presidents, known for his political genius, firm leadership and matchless diplomacy. He guided this nation through the Great Depression and the World War II, and transformed the economy with his New Deal legislation. Brands explores the forces and individuals that shaped this remarkable man including his uncle, Theodore Roosevelt, his overprotective mother, and his brilliant wife Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the most influential First Ladies in history.
Dr. H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Professor of Government at the University of Texas. His twenty-two books on American history and personalities include, The First American, a biography of Benjamin Franklin that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Andrew Jackson, a national bestseller.
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