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Man of Destiny : FDR and the Making of the American Century (Hardcover) (Alonzo L. Hamby)

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No president looms larger in twentieth-century American history than Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and few life stories can match his for sheer drama. Following in the footsteps of his Republican cousin President Theodore Roosevelt, FDR devoted himself to politics as a Democrat and a true man of the people. Eventually setting his sights on the presidency, he was elected to office in 1932 by a nation that was mired in the Great Depression and desperate for revival.As the distinguished historian Alonzo Hamby argues in this authoritative biography, FDR’s record as president was more mixed than we are often led to believe. The New Deal provided much-needed assistance to millions of Americans, but failed to restore prosperity, and while FDR became an outstanding commander-in-chief during World War II, his plans for the postwar world were seriously flawed. No less perceptive is Hamby’s account of FDR’s private life, which explores the dynamics of his marriage and his romance with his wife’s secretary, Lucy Mercer. Hamby documents FDR’s final months in intimate detail, claiming that his perseverance, despite his serious illness, not only shaped his presidency, but must be counted as one of the twentieth century’s great feats of endurance.Hamby reveals a man whose personalityegocentric, undisciplined in his personal appetites, at times a callous user of aides and associates, yet philanthropic and caring for his nation’s underdogsshaped his immense legacy.Man of Destiny is a measured account of the life, both personal and public, of the most important American leader of the twentieth century.
No president looms larger in twentieth-century American history than Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and few life stories can match his for sheer drama. He was a man of large personality and a president of vast and enduring accomplishments.

Yet, as the distinguished historian Alonzo Hamby argues, FDR?s record as president was more mixed than we are often led to believe. Roosevelt was a great politician and war leader, but the New Deal, his most famous legacy, failed to achieve its goal of reviving the nation?s economy, in no small measure because of FDR?s hostility toward the business and financial communities.

Hamby is no less perceptive about FDR?s private life. Drawing on overlooked sources, he documents the president?s final months in intimate detail, claiming that his perseverance despite his serious illness must be counted as one of the twentieth century?s great feats of endurance.

Man of Destiny is a measured account of the life, both personal and public, of the most important American leader of the twentieth century.
Number of Pages: 500
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Author: Alonzo L. Hamby
Language: English
Street Date: September 22, 2015
TCIN: 18849396
UPC: 9780465028603
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-2579
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