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The last 100 days : FDR at war and at peace / David B. Woolner.

Author/Creator:
Woolner, David B., 1955- author.
Other Title:
Last one hundred days : FDR at war and at peace
FDR at war and at peace
Publication:
New York : Basic Books, [2017] , ©2017
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 349 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Politics and government.
United States
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Executive Branch.
Local subjects:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Executive Branch.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Biographies.
Summary:
A portrait of the end of FDR's life shares insights into how he made his final policy decisions and pursued what mattered most to him, including the establishment of the United Nations, a reinvigoration of the New Deal, and a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
"The first hundred days of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency are justly famous, a period of political action without equal in American history and still the standard by which we judge our presidents. Yet, in this remarkably intimate portrait of a president nearing the end, Roosevelt scholar David B. Woolmer contends that the last hundred days might very well rival them in drama and consequence. Woolner takes us from the final Christmas in Hyde Park, New York, where FDR received dispiriting reports from the Battle of the Bulge, to his unexpected death in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945, when the war in Europe was all but over. Though suffering from numerous ailments, some diagnosed, others not, FDR traveled halfway around the globe and back again, presiding over pivotal summits-- including with Stalin and Churchill at Yalta-- whose legacy are still felt across the world. Throughout, FDR called on every ounce of his diminishing energy in his attempts to establish a congress of nations, reinvigorate the New Deal, and bring an end to American isolationism. As Woolner argues, better than any of his aides or foreign counterparts, FDR understood the crucial role of the United States in shaping the peace to come, to the point that he contemplated resigning his office to become the first secretary-general of the United Nations. The Last 100 Days ultimately forces us to reckon with Roosevelt's conviction that the world's problems are America's problems, and to ask ourselves if, in the face of the challenges confronting us today, we will exhibit the same courage to live up to our responsibilities."--Dust jacket flaps.
Contents:
The last Christmas
An uncertain new year
Atlantic sojourn
Interlude at Malta
On to the Crimea
Sunrise over Yalta
Coming to grips with "the German problem"
The Polish quandary
The birth of the United Nations
The final turn
The last mission
Failure at Bitter Lake
Going home
The Last address
March days
The Architect
Hudson requiem
Easter in Warm Springs
Off the record
The last day
Looking beyond victory.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-335) and index.
ISBN:
9780465048717
0465048714
9780465096510
OCLC:
945232326
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