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A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt

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This notable biography concentrates on character and personality rather than politics or policymaking. Beginning in 1905, with Franklin and Eleanor's honeymoon, it covers FDR's years as New York state senator, assistant secretary of the Navy, his early struggle to overcome the ravages of polio and ends with his election as governor of New York in 1928. Ward not only traces ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 889 pages
Published 1989 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Geoffrey Ward's “A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt” was published in 1989, four years after the publication of its predecessor volume “Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt.” Ward is a historian, author, screenwriter and frequent collaborator with Ken Burns who recently directed Ward's PBS documentary "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."

This 799 page sequel covers Roosevelt's life from his marriage in 1905 (where "Befo
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Aaron Million
Wonderful follow-up to Ward's Before The Trumpet. This book picks up where it left off, in 1905 with the newlywed couple Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Ward examines their complex relationship: neither was able to give to the other what the other really needed. Franklin either could not, or was unwilling to, love Eleanor to the point of making her a focal point of his life and building up her morbidly low self-esteem. And Eleanor could not help herself from being somewhat of a scold and a nag, ...more
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Dec 20, 2008 David rated it really liked it
My growing interest in American History has recently focused on the period prior to and including the Great Depression. I have always found this period intriguing (in part due to my exposure to the works of John Steinbeck) but given the parallels to our present circumstances, an understanding this period seems almost essential. So taking a close look at the person most responsible, in my opinion, for directing the nation out of the Great Depression (among other huge leadership challenges) seemed ...more
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Jun 07, 2016 Ron Sitton rated it really liked it
I finally finished Geoffrey Ward’s account of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s emergence on the national scene. It's very informative and gave me some insight into a man who would become the first President with a disability. Democrats and Republicans can both agree his ever-cheerful attitude in the face of insurmountable obstacles served the United States well when faced with the Depression and World War II.

I liked the book, but didn’t like the fact that it took me more than six months to plow my wa
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Aug 25, 2016 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent biographical history

I have read many books on the Roosevelt's but learned many new things from this book. In addition to revealing new information it is a page turner. It holds your interest much like a well written mystery novel. Highly recommended.
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Geoffrey Champion Ward is an author and screenwriter of various documentary presentations of American history. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1962.

He was an editor of American Heritage magazine early in his career. He wrote the television mini-series The Civil War with its director Ken Burns and has collaborated with Burns on every documentary he has made since, including Jazz and Baseball.
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