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The Politics of Upheaval 1935-36 (The Age of Roosevelt #3)
The Politics of Upheaval, 1935-1936, volume three of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.’s Age of Roosevelt series, concentrates on the turbulent concluding years of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first term. A measure of economic recovery revived political conflict and emboldened FDR’s critics to denounce “that man in the White house.” To h ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published July 9th 2003 by Mariner Books
(first published 1960)
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The first volume of The Age of Roosevelt is really a masterpiece -- the second, which I browsed for 3 years, did not grab me. So I turned the 3rd volume, and read about 1/3 of it - section on radicalism Left and Right during 1935-1936. It is a somewhat breezy review of a great many key figures - interesting, but not intense. Schlesinger, writing in 1960, has a very imperfect understanding of fascism (imo), and sees figures like Huey Long and Coughlin as left populists (in part) -- certainly, the ...more
FDR's New Deal was an experiment in reinventing government to be more responsive to the needs of ordinary Americans. While many ideas and programs began to work for the ordinary citizen, a "second New Deal" began to take shape and this concluding volume of The Age of Roosevelt documents those days when Social Security was created (worth the price of admission alone because it may be the most brilliant idea to come from an American President and has been distorted ever since), and further ideas w ...more
The third and final installment of Schlesinger's The Age of Roosevelt series is full of commentary on the different types of political thought going on in America in the mid 30s. Overall, I found the book to be quite dry, and not nearly as interesting to me as the two previous volumes. Schlesinger spends too much time talking Fascism trying to make an imprint on American political life. The last two sections of the book - about the Supreme Court being mostly anti-New Deal, and the 1936 election ...more
Schlesinger’s third volume about FDR and the New Deal is a nearly 700-page portrait of the political and social landscape in 1936-1936; the myriad personalities who inhabited the landscape both inside and outside the administration; and every nuance of these various players’ political maneuverings. This comprehensive political biography is wonderfully well-written but impractical for one wanting a more rounded view of Roosevelt’s life. There’s virtually no mention of family or friends. Schlesing ...more
Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr., born Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger, was a Pulitzer Prize recipient and American historian and social critic whose work explored the liberalism of American political leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy. He served as special assistant and "court historian" to President Kennedy from 1961 to 1963. He wrote a detailed account of th ...moreMore about Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr....
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