Franklin D. Roosevelt by Robert Dallek

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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 makerIn 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 maker. Robert Dallek’s Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fr...

Details Franklin D. Roosevelt

TitleFranklin D. Roosevelt
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
GenreBiography, History, Nonfiction, Politics, Presidents, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    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 November 2017 which I immediately pre-ordered when I saw it on Amazon and read it avidly once I received it. It is well written and thoroughly enjoyable despite being v...
  • Joseph J.
    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 Davis or Geoffrey Ward; for the Roosevelt marriage consider Blanche Cooke or Joseph Lash. Dallek's volume opens with the dismal conditions in a Depression plagued Un...
  • Dale
    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 have conversations about the following:1. Eliminate our hate toward groups (blacks, Jews)2. The need to connect with each other versus isolationism3. The concern for the ...
  • Tom
    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 particular interest is the attention Dallek places on FDR's health issues early on in FDR's Prsidency.A
  • Linda
    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 health and the health of people who assisted FDR (Missy LeHand, Harry Hopkins, etc.). Occasionally, Dallek referenced my favorite historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin. T...
  • Terrie
    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 a lot of "what if" statements to cover up a number of Roosevelt's missteps. The author also places blame on the American people for a couple of Roosevelt's less pal...
  • Bret
    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 Roosevelt could do no wrong and was justified in some of his shady dealings.
  • Harriet Brown
    Franklin D. Roosevelt a Political LifeFranklin D. Roosevelt A Political Life by Robert Fallen is an interesting, information book. What a sense of history. I highly recommend this book.
  • Kay Wright
    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 mainly by force of personality is inspiring. Dallek lets the reader infer much from his Joe Friday writing, (just the facts, ma'am) but uses material from many sources. ...
  • Grady McCallie
    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’ and so looked up the notes to see where it came from - and repeatedly, the cite referenced other, earlier books by Dallek on FDR, Lyndon Johnson, or American fo...
  • Bill Lucey
    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 Political Life.”Dallek’s skillfully researched, splendidly written book leaves little mystery why Roosevelt is easily ranked as one of the three greatest presid...
  • Brett
    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 opposite impression during the election. The crucial selection of FDR-loyalist Truman as VP was a compromise pick to avoid a party split between the North and South (Sou...
  • Steve Cunningham
    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, though I am not sure that it adds very much that is new to the literature of the FDR era, it offers a clear, balanced narrative of Roosevelt's political career. At ...
  • Corny
    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, his treatment of political matters is somewhat dry and his constant use of opinion polls, citing numbers with too much frequency wire thin on this reader. I also felt...
  • Dave
    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 should be expanded? Social Security expanded into basic income for all seems appropriate. Medicare for all as single payer healthcare is another. More Keynesian economi...
  • Jeff J.
    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 inspired less by humanistic concerns and more as a political calculation. I do take exception to Dallek’s assertion that Roosevelt was one of our three “greatest...
  • Bob Miller
    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 public service and stewardship as did FDR. A great read for anyone interested in those times, because they still resonate today.
  • Andrea Engle
    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 the artistry exhibited by Roosevelt as an adroit political animal ... a welcome addition to the literature on this most fascinating of Presidents ...
  • David Shaffer
    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 Depression. World War two or Franklin Roosevelt.
  • Robin Case
    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 to like this book.
  • Gerry Connolly
    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.
  • Amy
    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.
  • Adam
    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 1940s.
  • Steve
    One of the best and most detailed biographies I have read on Franklin D. Roosevelt. Very well written and researched.
  • Casey Wheeler
    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 review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have an interest in presidential biographies and I...
  • Tom
    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.