Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
A brilliant evocation of the qualities that made FDR one of the most beloved and greatest of American presidents.
Drawing on archival material, public speeches, correspondence and accounts by those closest to Roosevelt early in his career and during his presidency, H. W. Brands shows how Roosevelt transformed American government during the Depression with his New Deal legislation, and carefully managed the country's prelude to war. Brands shows how Roosevelt's friendship and regard for Winston Churchill helped to forge one of the greatest alliances in history, as Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin maneuvered to defeat Germany and prepare for post-war Europe.
had a lot to do with it, Huey,” Roosevelt answered, declining to add the obvious: that others had had much more to do with it than Long had. “You sure as hell are forgettin’ about it as fast as you can. Here I sit down here and never hear from anybody, and what do I see in the papers? That stuffed shirt Owen Young comes to see you.” Young was the chairman of General Electric and a presumed enemy of the populist policies Long favored. “Oh, I see a lot of people you don’t read about,” Roosevelt
public disapproval.” WITH THIS MESSAGE Roosevelt rang down the curtain on the special session. He sent the legislators back to their states and districts with his thanks for their “sincere and whole-hearted cooperation” and his congratulations for proving “that our form of government can rise to an emergency and can carry through a broad program in record time.” The program was definitely broad. Congress in the Hundred Days approved fifteen major pieces of legislation, including the Banking
lifetime. Your tears in this country, around this oak, have lasted for generations. Give me the chance to dry the eyes of those who still weep here! Long rammed laws through the legislature, bypassing the formerly powerful and trampling the toes of the wealthy. He bent some rules in the process, and the bending allowed his enemies to mount an effort to impeach him. Punches were thrown in the state house of representatives; blood was drawn. Long looked to the senate for support, persuading a
From Bullitt, Nov. 15, 1933, FRUS: Soviet Union, 1933–1939, 25–26. “I trust that the relations now established”: To Litvinov, Nov. 16, 1933. “Not even off the record”: Press conference, March 29, 1933. “The movement to make international justice practicable”: Message, Jan. 16, 1935. “I appeal to every solid American”: New York Times, Jan. 28, 1935. “From the strictly constitutional standpoint”: Press conference, Jan. 23, 1935. “I am speaking to you tonight”: New York Times, Jan. 28, 1935.
marveling at the thought. For Sara’s part, she saw in James Roosevelt things she hadn’t seen in her youthful suitors. Her father was her model of what a man ought to be; James approached the model as closely as any man could and be plausibly marriageable. In 1880 Sigmund Freud was still a student at the University of Vienna and had yet to loose his theories of psychosexual development on the world; but Sara’s friends didn’t require Freud to tell them that much of what attracted her to James