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Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the twentieth century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years, his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised, his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy in America during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

Drawing on archival materials, public speeches, personal correspondence, and accounts by family and close associates, acclaimed bestselling historian and biographer H. W. Brands offers a compelling and intimate portrait of Roosevelt's life and career.

Brands explores the powerful influence of FDR's dominating mother and the often tense and always unusual partnership between FDR and his wife, Eleanor, and her indispensable contributions to his presidency. Most of all, the book traces in breathtaking detail FDR's revolutionary efforts with his New Deal legislation to transform the American political economy in order to save it, his forceful — and cagey — leadership before and during World War II, and his lasting legacy in creating the foundations of the postwar international order.

Traitor to His Class brilliantly captures the qualities that have made FDR a beloved figure to millions of Americans.

Review:

"It is unfortunate for University of Texas historian Brands (Andrew Jackson) that his serviceable biography of Franklin Roosevelt comes on the heels of Jean Smith's magisterial Francis Parkman Prize winner, FDR (2007). Still, Brands provides an entirely adequate narrative detailing the well-known facts of Roosevelt's life. We have the young Knickerbocker aristocrat somewhat tentatively entering the dog-eat-dog world of local Democratic politics in New York's Hudson Valley. We have him embarking on a marriage with his cousin Eleanor that was fated to be politically successful but personally disastrous. We also have the somewhat spoiled son of privilege facing the first real battle of his life — polio — and emerging with greatly enhanced fortitude and empathy. Appropriately, Brands gives two-thirds of his book to FDR's presidency and its two most dramatic events: the domestic war against devastating economic depression (fought with tools that many in America's upper classes considered socialist), and the international war against Axis power aggression. It is fitting that Roosevelt commands the amount of scholarly attention that he does, but sad that so much is wholly redundant with what has come before. 16 pages of photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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When Rexford Tugwell first met New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, he observed to a Columbia University colleague, Raymond Moley, how expressive Roosevelt's face was: "It might have been an actor's." Moley — who, like Tugwell, later served as a key member of FDR's presidential brain trust — replied that, in fact, the governor's face was an actor's, "and a professional actor's at that.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"H.W. Brands is a master at finding the essence of an important American life, telling its story grippingly and showing us why it is important to our own generation. With Traitor to His Class, he has surpassed even his own high standard. This judicious and compelling work is the first major one-volume biography written by an historian too young to have lived in Franklin Roosevelt's time. It deserves a wide audience, especially among those younger Americans who need to be told why we all owe so much to FDR." Michael Beschloss

Review:

"This is a rare book, indeed, shedding new light and brilliant insight upon an elusive subject we thought we knew well. In this elegant, all-encompassing portrayal, master historian H. W. Brands shows us a leader who got the big issues right and, in doing so, forever changed the expectations of the world. Traitor to His Class will quickly emerge as the finest one-volume biography of FDR." David Oshinsky, Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for History

Review:

"We live in the world Franklin Roosevelt created, and we can never know enough about him. In this illuminating portrait of the man who proved far more radical than his upbringing would have ever suggested, H. W. Brands has painted FDR in bright and brilliant colors." Jon Meacham, author of Franklin and Winston and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Review:

"This may well be the best general biography of Franklin Roosevelt we will see for many years to come." Christian Science Monitor

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"Mr. Brands is resolutely evenhanded in his treatment of FDR, and he makes no attempt to persuade his readers of FDR's virtues or lack thereof." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Brands...turns in a finely balanced biography certain to garner much critical attention." Booklist

Review:

"Though Brands does not break new ground, neither does he sensationalize the more controversial aspects of FDR's personality." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A closeup, in-the-room look at how FDR took masterful command and control of the Second World War, from wresting key decisions away from Churchill and his own generals, to launching the first successful trial landing in North Africa, and beginning to turn the tide away from the Axis.

Synopsis:

Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDRand#8217;s masterfuland#8212;and underappreciatedand#8212;command of the Allied war effort.and#160;Hamilton takes readers inside FDRand#8217;s White House Oval Studyand#8212;his personal command centerand#8212;and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war.and#160;

Time and again, FDR was proven right and his allies and generals were wrong.and#160;When the generals wanted to attack the Nazi-fortified coast of France, FDR knew the Allied forces werenand#8217;t ready.and#160;When Churchill insisted his Far East colonies were loyal and would resist the Japanese, Roosevelt knew it was a fantasy.and#160;As Hamiltonand#8217;s account reaches its climax with the Torch landings in North Africa in late 1942, the tide of war turns in the Alliesand#8217; favor and FDRand#8217;s genius for psychology and military affairs is clear.and#160;This intimate, sweeping look at a great president in historyand#8217;s greatest conflict is must reading.

About the Author

H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Andrew Jackson, Lone Star Nation, and The Age of Gold, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for biography for The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Prologueand#8194;ix

PART ONE: PLACENTIA BAY

Before the Stormand#8194;3

PART TWO: PEARL HARBOR

The U.S. Is Attacked!and#8194;43

Hitlerand#8217;s Gambleand#8194;76

PART THREE: CHURCHILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The Victory Planand#8194;99

Supreme Commandand#8194;136

The Presidentand#8217;s Map Roomand#8194;145

PART FOUR: TROUBLE WITH MACARTHUR

The Fighting Generaland#8194;157

PART FIVE: END OF AN EMPIRE

Singaporeand#8194;195

The Mockery of the Worldand#8194;207

The Battleground for Civilizationand#8194;214

PART SIX: INDIA

No Hand on the Wheeland#8194;223

Lessons from the Far Eastand#8194;228

Churchill Threatens to Resignand#8194;236

The Worst Case of Jittersand#8194;254

PART SEVEN: MIDWAY

Doolittleand#8217;s Raidand#8194;267

The Battle of Midwayand#8194;274

PART EIGHT: TOBRUK

Churchilland#8217;s Second Comingand#8194;289

The Fall of Tobrukand#8194;303

No Second Dunquerqueand#8194;310

Avoiding Utter Catastropheand#8194;317

PART NINE: JAPAN FIRST

Citizen Warriorsand#8194;325

A Staggering Crisisand#8194;330

A Rough Dayand#8194;337

PART TEN: THE MUTINY

Stimsonand#8217;s Betand#8194;349

A Definite Decisionand#8194;359

A Failed Mutinyand#8194;363

PART ELEVEN: REACTION IN MOSCOW

Stalinand#8217;s Prayerand#8194;373

PART TWELVE: AN INDUSTRIAL MIRACLE

A Trip Across Americaand#8194;381

The Presidentand#8217;s Loyal Lieutenantand#8194;390

PART THIRTEEN: THE TRAGEDY OF DIEPPE

A Canadian Bloodbathand#8194;395

PART FOURTEEN: THE TORCH IS LIT

Something in West Africaand#8194;401

Alameinand#8194;409

First Lightand#8194;413

The Greatest Sensationand#8194;423

Armistice Dayand#8194;430

Acknowledgmentsand#8194;441

Notesand#8194;447

Indexand#8194;497

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Bill Massa, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Bill Massa)
The run-up to the November 2008 presidential election seemed to last for much of the decade with President Bush's narrow victory at its beginnning and the Republican party's staggering defeat near its end. During the decade, the references to FDR, the Great Depression and war-time presidential leadership could have been plagiarized from this all-encompassing portrayal of FDR. As I read the gripping book in January 2008, alternating with news stories and op-ed comments, I felt as though I was reliving history and could have given President Bush and the newly elected President Obama advice from "Traitor to His Class." In my opinion, this stunning work by H. W. Brand surely deserves to be considered as the book of the decade.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385519588
Author:
Brands, H. W.
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Author:
Hamilton, Nigel
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Roosevelt, Franklin D
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
Military - World War II
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PAGE PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It is unfortunate for University of Texas historian Brands (Andrew Jackson) that his serviceable biography of Franklin Roosevelt comes on the heels of Jean Smith's magisterial Francis Parkman Prize winner, FDR (2007). Still, Brands provides an entirely adequate narrative detailing the well-known facts of Roosevelt's life. We have the young Knickerbocker aristocrat somewhat tentatively entering the dog-eat-dog world of local Democratic politics in New York's Hudson Valley. We have him embarking on a marriage with his cousin Eleanor that was fated to be politically successful but personally disastrous. We also have the somewhat spoiled son of privilege facing the first real battle of his life — polio — and emerging with greatly enhanced fortitude and empathy. Appropriately, Brands gives two-thirds of his book to FDR's presidency and its two most dramatic events: the domestic war against devastating economic depression (fought with tools that many in America's upper classes considered socialist), and the international war against Axis power aggression. It is fitting that Roosevelt commands the amount of scholarly attention that he does, but sad that so much is wholly redundant with what has come before. 16 pages of photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "H.W. Brands is a master at finding the essence of an important American life, telling its story grippingly and showing us why it is important to our own generation. With Traitor to His Class, he has surpassed even his own high standard. This judicious and compelling work is the first major one-volume biography written by an historian too young to have lived in Franklin Roosevelt's time. It deserves a wide audience, especially among those younger Americans who need to be told why we all owe so much to FDR."
"Review" by , "This is a rare book, indeed, shedding new light and brilliant insight upon an elusive subject we thought we knew well. In this elegant, all-encompassing portrayal, master historian H. W. Brands shows us a leader who got the big issues right and, in doing so, forever changed the expectations of the world. Traitor to His Class will quickly emerge as the finest one-volume biography of FDR."
"Review" by , "We live in the world Franklin Roosevelt created, and we can never know enough about him. In this illuminating portrait of the man who proved far more radical than his upbringing would have ever suggested, H. W. Brands has painted FDR in bright and brilliant colors."
"Review" by , "This may well be the best general biography of Franklin Roosevelt we will see for many years to come."
"Review" by , "Mr. Brands is resolutely evenhanded in his treatment of FDR, and he makes no attempt to persuade his readers of FDR's virtues or lack thereof."
"Review" by , "Brands...turns in a finely balanced biography certain to garner much critical attention."
"Review" by , "Though Brands does not break new ground, neither does he sensationalize the more controversial aspects of FDR's personality."
"Synopsis" by ,
A closeup, in-the-room look at how FDR took masterful command and control of the Second World War, from wresting key decisions away from Churchill and his own generals, to launching the first successful trial landing in North Africa, and beginning to turn the tide away from the Axis.
"Synopsis" by ,
Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDRand#8217;s masterfuland#8212;and underappreciatedand#8212;command of the Allied war effort.and#160;Hamilton takes readers inside FDRand#8217;s White House Oval Studyand#8212;his personal command centerand#8212;and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war.and#160;

Time and again, FDR was proven right and his allies and generals were wrong.and#160;When the generals wanted to attack the Nazi-fortified coast of France, FDR knew the Allied forces werenand#8217;t ready.and#160;When Churchill insisted his Far East colonies were loyal and would resist the Japanese, Roosevelt knew it was a fantasy.and#160;As Hamiltonand#8217;s account reaches its climax with the Torch landings in North Africa in late 1942, the tide of war turns in the Alliesand#8217; favor and FDRand#8217;s genius for psychology and military affairs is clear.and#160;This intimate, sweeping look at a great president in historyand#8217;s greatest conflict is must reading.

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