Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “FDR: The First Hundred Days” as Want to Read:
FDR: The First Hundred Days
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

FDR: The First Hundred Days

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  8 reviews

The Hundred Days, Franklin Roosevelt’s first fifteen weeks in office, have become the stuff of legend, a mythic yardstick against which every subsequent American president has felt obliged to measure himself. The renowned historian Anthony J. Badger cuts through decades of politicized history to provide a succinct, balanced, and timely reminder that Roosevelt’s accomplishm

MP3 CD, 1 page
Published June 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published February 27th 1998)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about FDR, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about FDR

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 130)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Michael Gerald Dealino
I have to admit. For a slim book, this was a tough read.

I had to brush up with my economics again, and read a thing or two about finance to be able to understand more the stuff here.

But from what I understood, the New Deal was a bridge for many Americans during the Depression. Though it did not immediately lead to economic recovery, the program eventually led to stability, preserved democracy, left lasting institutions and systems such as environmental conservation and social security, vastly i
Things I probably could have used coming into this:

- A better knowledge of basic macroeconomics
- Any knowledge of agricultural economics
- Foreign trade policy background

It was a decent look at the first hundred days of FDR's presidency, and it did a nice job of revealing a more nuanced take on the crisis. It wasn't all government takeover/neener neener socialism, and it wasn't one long round of Let's Put The Businessmen In the Stockade. (Alas.)

More importantly, it seemed like every story or eve
Ironic the progressives at the time criticized FDR for not nationalizing the banks saying "we" would never get another chance...excellent review
Gary Schantz
This is the second book I have read about FDR and this is the second book that hasnt educated me beyond giving factual information along the likes of reading an encylclopedia. I read about 30 pages and found myself wondering when the background information was going to start contributing to this book. It never happened.

Numerous names were thrown into the book but very little indepth information on any of them could be found. For minute a man is selected to be the new attornery gene
A short but dry survey of the legislation of the early New Deal. Badger argues that the Hundred Days was anything but a left wing feeding frenzy. Among other things, he points to the hanging on of Hoover officials to manage the banking crisis, the balanced budget fetish of the White House, and the favoring of business over labor in the NIRA. Badger also highlights criticism of Roosevelt from the left. In his conclusion he writes, “The idea of the Hundred Days as a defining moment in twentieth-ce ...more
This is a great little analysis of the Hundred Days of FDR by a famous New Deal/Great Depression historian, Anthony Badger. Even though this book is fairly short (you can read it in one day), it contains a great deal of information for the reader. There is a bibliography at the end so if the reader wants to look at the sources Mr. Badger used or wants to learn more on the subject the resources are there.

I absolutely loved this book. I read it cover to cover in less than a day. I definitely recom
Colleen Martin
Oct 06, 2009 Colleen Martin marked it as to-read-non-fiction  ·  review of another edition
One of these days, I might get around to finishing this, but holy cow, it's incredibly drab.
Jason Riemens
I am not an FDR fan, but I enjoyed this book.
Rita is currently reading it
Dec 24, 2014
Trampas Jones
Trampas Jones marked it as to-read
Dec 04, 2014
PDD marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2014
Jessica marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2014
Anna Carlin
Anna Carlin marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2014
Carrie marked it as to-read
May 20, 2014
Ihor_st marked it as to-read
May 03, 2014
David marked it as to-read
Mar 26, 2014
Hrvoje marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2013
Diana marked it as to-read
Dec 08, 2013
Steve_long marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2013
Rodney Welch
Rodney Welch marked it as to-read
Nov 19, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-40 Contesting Democracy: Substance and Structure in American Political History, 1775-2000 Prosperity Road: The New Deal, Tobacco, And North Carolina New Deal / New South: An Anthony J. Badger Reader Grand Designs and Visions of Unity: The Atlantic Powers and the Reorganization of Western Europe, 1955-1963

Share This Book