HIS FINAL BATTLE THE LAST MONTHS OF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT

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His Final Battle

Author : Joseph Lelyveld
ISBN : 9780385350808
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A New York Times 2016 Notable Book “By far the most enigmatic leading figure” of World War II. That’s how the British military historian John Keegan described Franklin D. Roosevelt, who frequently left his contemporaries guessing, never more so than at the end of his life. Here, in a hugely insightful account, a prizewinning author and journalist untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt’s final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced in tandem to their climax. The story has been told piecemeal but never like this, with a close focus on Roosevelt himself and his hopes for a stable international order after the war, and how these led him into a prolonged courtship of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, involving secret, arduous journeys to Tehran and the Crimea. In between, as the war entered its final phase, came the thunderbolt of a dire medical diagnosis, raising urgent questions about the ability of the longest-serving president to stand for a fourth term at a time when he had little choice. Neither his family nor top figures in his administration were informed of his diagnosis, let alone the public or his closest ally, Winston Churchill. With D-Day looming, Roosevelt took a month off on a plantation in the south where he was examined daily by a navy cardiologist, then waited two more months before finally announcing, on the eve of his party’s convention, that he’d be a candidate. A political grand master still, he manipulated the selection of a new running mate, with an eye to a possible succession, displaying some of his old vigor and wit in a winning campaign. With precision and compassion, Joseph Lelyveld examines the choices Roosevelt faced, shining new light on his state of mind, preoccupations, and motives, both as leader of the wartime alliance and in his personal life. Confronting his own mortality, Roosevelt operated in the belief that he had a duty to see the war through to the end, telling himself he could always resign if he found he couldn’t carry on. Lelyveld delivers an incisive portrait of this deliberately inscrutable man, a consummate leader to the very last.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

1944

Author : Jay Winik
ISBN : 3806234744
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Franklin D Roosevelt

Author : Robert Dallek
ISBN : 9780698181724
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and NPR “We come to see in FDR the magisterial, central figure in the greatest and richest political tapestry of our nation’s entire history” —Nigel Hamilton, Boston Globe “Meticulously researched and authoritative” —Douglas Brinkley, The Washington Post “A workmanlike addition to the literature on Roosevelt.” —David Nasaw, The New York Times “Dallek offers an FDR relevant to our sharply divided nation” —Michael Kazin “Will rank among the standard biographies of its subject” —Publishers Weekly 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 maker In 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 fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers: how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country’s needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country’s economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country’s foreign relations? For FDR, politics was a far more interesting and fulfilling pursuit than the management of family fortunes or the indulgence of personal pleasure, and by the time he became president, he had commanded the love and affection of millions of people. While all Roosevelt’s biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek sees the affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms, initiate landmark reforms that changed the American industrial system, and transform an isolationist country into an international superpower. Dallek attributes FDR’s success to two remarkable political insights. First, unlike any other president, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building a national consensus and commanding stable long-term popular support. Second, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in modern America’s political system. In addressing the country’s international and domestic problems, Roosevelt recognized the vital importance of remaining closely attentive to the full range of public sentiment around policy-making decisions—perhaps FDR’s most enduring lesson in effective leadership.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Shocks States And Sustainability

Author : Thomas K. Rudel
ISBN : 9780190924478
Genre : Social Science
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For the past two decades, scientists have urged us to abandon fossil fuels as rapidly as possible and pursue a range of other environmental reforms to avert the many crises climate change will bring. The reforms have not occurred at the expected rate, and their absence raises questions about when they might occur. In Shocks, States, and Sustainability, Thomas K. Rudel addresses this question. He outlines a theory of environmental revolutions and when they will likely occur through a comparison of radical environmental reforms throughout the 20th century. By looking at farmers in the American Dust Bowl, land-use planners in post-war England, small farmers in post-Soviet Cuba, and lobster fishers along the coast of Maine, Rudel emphasizes how sudden focusing events can spur radical reforms by providing a fresh realization about the scarcity of natural resources. Shocks, States, and Sustainability explains how earth-shaking events like droughts, depressions, and wars can provide the foundations necessary for the pursuit of global sustainability.
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John F Kennedy

Author : Robert Dallek
ISBN : 3570552209
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Wir Gl Cklichen

Author : Amy Bloom
ISBN : 9783455170504
Genre : Fiction
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"Mögen die Scharniere unserer Freundschaft niemals rosten", sagte Iris. - "Recht so", sagte ich, und wir hakten uns unter und kippten den Gin. Mit zwölf wird Eva kurzerhand vor der Tür ihres Vaters abgesetzt und lebt von da an mit ihrer Halbschwester Iris unter einem Dach. Iris weiß genau, was sie will: Filmstar werden in Hollywood. Tatsächlich erreicht sie ihr Ziel, doch ihr Stern sinkt so schnell wie er aufgestiegen ist. Die jüngere Eva bleibt treu an Iris’ Seite. Gemeinsam gehen sie nach New York, wo sie bei reichen Italienern in Long Island unterkommen. Iris schauspielert auf zweifelhaften Bühnen, pflegt verbotene Liebeleien und setzt gnadenlos ihre eigenen Interessen durch, während Eva den Alltag organisiert. "Wir Glücklichen" erzählt von großen Träumen, Skandalen und Betrügereien und von unvergesslichen Charakteren im Amerika der vierziger Jahre.
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Casablanca 1943

Author : Norbert F. Pötzl
ISBN : 9783641196790
Genre : History
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Casablanca: Die wahre Geschichte einer Legende 1943 ist das Jahr, in dem Casablanca zum Mythos wird. Die weiße Stadt am Meer ist Zufluchtsort für die Verfolgten der Nazi-Diktatur, Namensgeberin für einen der erfolgreichsten Filme der Geschichte und Schauplatz einer Geheimkonferenz, die über den Ausgang des Zweiten Weltkriegs entscheiden wird. Norbert F. Pötzl verknüpft kunstvoll die dramatischen Kriegsereignisse mit der Entstehungsgeschichte des Hollywood-Klassikers und zeigt, wie sehr sich Fiktion und Realität gegenseitig beeinflusst haben.
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Aus Mangel An Beweisen

Author : Scott Turow
ISBN : 9783641148577
Genre : Fiction
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Das Buch, das Scott Turow weltberühmt machte. Der Mord an einer Staatsanwältin erschüttert das Gerichtssystem. Ihr Kollege Rusty Sabich ermittelt in diesem undurchsichtigen Fall und wird im Laufe der Untersuchung selbst zum Angeklagten. Eine unheilvolle Verquickung von Politik und Recht – erfolgreich verfilmt mit Harrison Ford in der Hauptrolle.
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The Dying President

Author : Robert H. Ferrell
ISBN : 0826211712
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this authoritative account, Robert H. Ferrell shows how the treatment of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's illness in 1944- 1945 was managed by none other than the president himself. Although this powerful American president knew that he suffered from cardiovascular disease, he went to great lengths to hide that fact—both from his physician and from the public. Why Roosevelt disguised the nature of his illness may be impossible to discern fully. He was a secretive man who liked to assign only parts of tasks to his assistants so that he, the president, would be the only one who knew the whole story. The presidency was his life, and he did not wish to give it up. The president's duplicity, though not easily measurable, had a critical effect on his performance. Placed on a four-hour-a-day schedule by his physicians, Roosevelt could apply very little time to his presidential duties. He took long vacations in South Carolina, Warm Springs, the Catoctin Mountains, and Hyde Park, as well as lengthy journeys to Hawaii, Canada, and Yalta. Important decisions were delayed or poorly made. America's policy toward Germany was temporarily abandoned in favor of the so-called Morgenthau Plan, which proposed the "pastoralization" of Germany, turning the industrial heart of Europe into farmland. Roosevelt nearly ruined the choice of Senator Harry S. Truman as his running mate in 1944 by wavering in the days prior to the party's national convention. He negotiated an agreement with Winston Churchill on sharing postwar development of nuclear weapons but failed to let the State Department know. And, in perhaps the most profoundly unwise decision, Roosevelt accepted a fourth term when he could not possibly survive it. In his final year, a year in which he faced crucial responsibility regarding World War II and American foreign policy, Franklin D. Roosevelt failed to serve the nation as a healthy president would have. Reading like a mystery story, The Dying President clears up many of the myths and misunderstandings that have surrounded Roosevelt's last year, finally revealing the truth about this missing chapter in FDR's life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography