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Young Mr. Roosevelt: FDR's Introduction to War, Politics, and Life

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In Young Mr. Roosevelt Stanley Weintraub evokes Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s political and wartime beginnings. An unpromising patrician playboy appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in 1913, Roosevelt learned quickly and rose to national visibility in World War I. Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1920, he lost the election but not his ambitions. While his stature ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Da Capo Press (first published October 1st 2012)
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Nov 06, 2013 Rikki rated it really liked it

This is a book for enthusiasts of politico/military history. Much has been written about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's later years. He was arguably the greatest statesman America ever produced, but not too much is known of his earlier history. This well researched account helps to fill in the gap

A nephew of Theodore Roosevelt, a former President, and married to his fifth cousin, the formidable Eleanor, he had all the right credentials for high office, but did he have the background experience nece
Nov 09, 2014 Bfisher rated it really liked it
This book concentrates on 8 years in FDR's life, when he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Wilson administration. After reading it, I understood how critical this period was in preparing him for Governor of New York, and then the Presidency during the depths of the Great Depression, the fight against Fascism and WW2. In this period he really learned how the federal civil bureaucracy and the upper levels of the American military worked, how to run a large government enterprise, and h ...more
Jul 16, 2016 Ceejay rated it really liked it
This highly informative, very enjoyable biography of FDR's early years in politics is well worth reading! In addition to covering his time in politics, it also deals with the relationship between FDR and Eleanor, for it is in the time frame of this biography that their marriage began to unravel. We learn that nobody is either all good, or all bad, be it Franklin or Eleanor. The relationship between FDR and Teddy Roosevelt (Eleanor's uncle)is covered. Mostly this book centers on FDR's time as ass ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Jim rated it liked it
This book is a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and covers his time as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, in the main (though the pre-assistantship period was was covered in a potted way, as was the run up to his failed Vice Presidential bid). The author picked this period, because when he interview servicemen from the Navy who fought in WWII, they often described FDR as "one of them", so the author wanted to understand who "that man" was.

It was a breezy read, you do get a sense of what the
Aug 20, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it
Fascinating & Rich in History!
Aside from the political facts this book is filled with bits of historical gossip and intrigue. It is well written and easy to read. Mr. Weintraub has referenced many resources which adds validity to this book. Enjoy! NetGalley provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 02, 2016 Luke rated it really liked it
Good historical review of FDR's years before becoming President, just up to his becoming 1920s Democratic VP choice. Also had much about his estranged and difficult personal relationship with his wife. He was certainly not an isolationist, which appears to have been the gist of the times. He also traded on his very recognizable surname, not unlike other American politicians of late.
Jun 30, 2014 ShareStories rated it really liked it
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In spite of my reluctance to read books that have lots of political detail in them, I did enjoy this one because it added some personal detail and interesting author conjecture about FDR as well.

Sep 04, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it

I received an ARC from net galley.

I love learning about people in history and this book has me wanting to find out more on Mr Rooaevelt and this time in history. Great read would recommend to all.

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This was an interesting read of FDR's career up to 1920.
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Weintraub was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 17, 1929. He was the eldest child of Benjamin and Ray Segal Weintraub. He attended South Philadelphia High School, and then he attended West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University of Pennsylvania) where he received his B.S. in education in 1949. He continued his education at Temple University where he received his mast ...more
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