The Rise and Fall of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Robert UnderhillISBN: 0875869491;
FDR was at the helm when the United States escaped from its greatest economic depression, and thus he earned an important place in history. His supporters, for the most part, are adamantly uncritical and tend to overlook lapses and mistakes he made, especially during his third and fourth terms, and the changes in FDR's acumen brought on by the burdens of office, ill health, and age, not to mention an innate self-confidence that developed into arrogance.This book examines the personal and administrative qualities of FDR and from that perspective analyzes the U.S. response to the changing global scene between the two world wars. Governments during the period preceding and throughout World War II were not without defects, yet despite lapses and mistakes made by the U.S. Administration in Washington between 1939 and 1945, the accumulated errors did not equal either of two major ones committed by wartime enemies: 1) Hitler's judgment in invading the Soviet Union, and 2) Japan s decision to...
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