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FDR: The First Hundred Days

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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

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Published June 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published February 27th 1998)
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Michael Gerald
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
May 03, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Warren Dunham
Jun 02, 2016 Warren Dunham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FDR was one of the most popular presidents in American history he was president for WW2 but almost as important was how he handled the depression. This book focus's on that first 100 days when Roosevelt with the help of a mostly pliant congress furiously rolled out bills many of which challenged what was constitutional. Ever since the results have been controversial some saying that these actions brought the us out of the depression others saying it never really came out until world war 2. Some ...more
Apr 24, 2009 Monte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ironic the progressives at the time criticized FDR for not nationalizing the banks saying "we" would never get another chance...excellent review
Gary Schantz
Apr 07, 2013 Gary Schantz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adam Townsend
I believe this book was well written, but I also found it to be full of names I couldn't keep straight and technical. I think it was an accurate representation of the first hundred days of FDR's presidency and very informative, but I didn't necessarily enjoy the read.
Apr 18, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2015 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite type of reading but once again a book club book that I wouldn't have picked on my own but am glad I read it. Interesting time in our history with a lot of relevance to the last decade.
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
Dec 16, 2012 Jason Riemens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not an FDR fan, but I enjoyed this book.
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Anthony John "Tony" Badger is a British academic and historian. Until 2014 he was Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University and Master of Clare College, Cambridge.
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