Book review


Read date: May 2018

FDR by Jean Edward Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an extraordinary book: not only a work of immense scholarship (with 150+ pages of footnotes and 35 pages of bibliography), it is also the immensely readable tale of one of the most remarkable and influential figures of the 20th century. I was gripped with every page, learning a huge amount not only about FDR himself, but also the period of American history across the two world wars, as well as gaining something of an insight into how American politics actually works. Everything from the impact and true depth of the Depression to gripping accounts of nomination convenient floor fights, to behind the scenes views of his meetings with Churchill and Stalin. Outstanding!

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