The Defining Moment

The Defining Moment

FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

Book - 2006
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This is the story of a political miracle--the perfect match of man and moment. FDR took office in 1933 as America touched bottom. Banks were closing, millions of people lost everything--the Great Depression had caused a national breakdown. Journalist Alter brings us closer than ever before to the Roosevelt magic. Facing the gravest crisis since the Civil War, instead of circumventing Congress and becoming the dictator so many thought they needed, FDR used his cagey political instincts and ebullient temperament in the storied first Hundred Days of his presidency to pull off a conjuring act that lifted the country and saved both democracy and capitalism. Alter shows us how a snobbish and apparently lightweight young aristocrat was forged into an incandescent leader by his domineering mother; his independent wife; his eccentric top adviser, Louis Howe; and his ally-turned-bitter-rival, Al Smith.--From publisher description
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780743246002
Branch Call Number: 973.917 Alter 2006
Characteristics: xvi, 415 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Aug 23, 2011

This is a highly entertaining, highly enlightening book about the first 100 days of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal administration. The book provides insights into Roosevelt's life, his temperament, his governing style, how he connected with the American public, and his policies, which broke the back of the Depression. Alter also writes about Eleanor Roosevelt, and shows how she became a true and admired partner with her husband. A former columnist for Newsweek, Alter has done in-depth research and writes in a very readable style, even when discussing complicated economic and political issues, some of which now face us, too.


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