FDR: The New York Years 1928-1933 ePUB Þ The New York

FDR: The New York Years 1928-1933 ePUB Þ The New York

FDR: The New York Years 1928-1933 [Reading] ➿ FDR: The New York Years 1928-1933 Author Kenneth Sydney Davis – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk From Publishers WeeklyDavis prize winning historian of FDR The Beckoning of Destiny 18821928 continues his interpretive multi volume biography with a rich expansive account of Roosevelt's New York gov From Publishers New York ePUB ☆ WeeklyDavis prize winning historian of FDR The Beckoning of Destiny continues his interpretive multi volume biography with a rich expansive account of Roosevelt's New York governorship and his election to the presidency by a Depression wracked nation While covering the controversies of FDR's two Albany terms electric power Tammany corruption etc Davis gives us the New Deal leader in the making a much underrated charmer mastering the arts of politics and publicity open to new experiences and convinced his actions were intended by God FDR: The Epub / There are incisive views too of the hurt love seeking Eleanor; of Louis Howe FDR's sickly tormented and indispensable alter ego; and of the growing Brains Trust Davis a gifted writer and member of the New Deal administration makes this a compelling tale that will appeal to readers of popular history November Copyright Reed Business Information IncFrom Library JournalThe approach to the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt his two term governorship of New York has usually been treated as a way station Among FDR's major biographers only Frank The New York MOBI ó Freidel in Franklin D Roosevelt the triumph gave these years full attention Now Davis has produced a second such study volume two inlike Freidel's worka multivolume biography as yet unfinished Davis's book breaks no interpretive ground and while less scholarly than Freidel's is nonetheless solid and delivered in an engaging if sometimes overdone prose style It is a life and times the narrative occasionally adjourned for background excursions or for portraiture of persons surrounding Roosevelt eg Louis Howe Al Smith and of course Eleanor All libraries owning the first volume will want this too Robert F Nardini MLS ConcordCopyright Reed Business Information Inc.


10 thoughts on “FDR: The New York Years 1928-1933

  1. Frank Stein Frank Stein says:

    Kenneth Davis has a problem with Franklin Delano Roosevelt It's not the problem you might expect This is not a book about a betrayer of the capitalist system In fact it's a book about a politician that failed to betray the capitalist system and that gets Davis's ire Basically the author is upset that Roosevelt was not Norman Thomas the socialist presidential candidate of 1932 Therefore Davis shoehorns Thomas oddly into the narrative as a kind of Greek chorus preaching to Roosevelt even though the two hardly talked that the one true path to national happiness was socialismWhatever one thinks about this odd and entirely unnecessary politicizing the meat of the book is a worthy addition to the FDR oeuvre It deftly psychologizes a man who was both a carefree aristocrat and a shrewd politician a temporizer who thought his every move bespoke God's hidden destiny a man who everyone liked but no one seemed to really understand He was an amazing deft open yet complicated figure and much of that comes through here in a narration of the essential years where FDR ran New York state and simultaneously campaigned for the presidency even when he pretended he had no interestOf course Roosevelt never really ran New York State because he faced a Republican legislature during his time in office that had little desire to try out his new schemes They did agree with Roosevelt's one pet project a constitutional bond issue to plant millions of acres of trees in New York This was an odd issue to focus on in the midst of a Great Depression since it could only employ a few hundred people a year but for Roosevelt the gentleman tree farmer he was merely bringing the glories of his Hyde Park home to the state at large More conseuentially the Governor faced two major battles The first was his attempt to form a New York Power Authority to provide for the public production of electricity on the St Lawrence River Although the former Republican speaker of the state House W Kingsland Macy became chair of a potentially competing JP Morgan backed power company Roosevelt got the legislature to create a weak form of his authority Still nothing had been done by the time he left office The second struggle was how to face or avoid the never ending corruption scandals that emerged from New York City's corrupt Tammany Hall administration He wavered on appointing special prosecutors to cases of bribed magistrates and officials and only pushed an investigation into Mayor Jimmy Walker after he had received the Democratic presidential nomination in June 1932 after which Walker left of his own accord In both cases Roosevelt played his cards close to his chest and came out as the nominal victor although with little real result Much of the book is a well wrought description of the formation of Roosevelt's campaign composed of Jim Farley Ed Flynn Louis Howe and his wife's Women's Auxiliary and his Brains Trust composed of Raymond Moley Rexford Tugwell and Adolf Berle Roosevelt always seemed to have a plan to win first the nomination and then the presidency and he gathered a diverse group of people around him who were willing to tell him what worked and what didn't to accomplish the goal even if they didn't agree with Roosevelt himself Yet none of his advisors knew what Roosevelt's real plan was or the real policy goals behind it even after he had won the prize he struggled for all of his life As usual Roosevelt remained a mystery This book only deepened it


  2. Peter Pactor Peter Pactor says:

    I am particularly interested in American history from 1929 1945 so this book fit right into my interests It was loaded with information and I found it a valuable book to have in my libraryThe book had passages that flowed wonderfully but on the other hand there were sections that were so tedious I almost put the book up It took me two months to read this book The other point that bothered me was an incident of antisemitism on the part of the author that I considered offensive


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