Rogier's Reviews > Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Traitor to His Class by H.W. Brands
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Jul 13, 13

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Read in June, 2013

This is a lovely book, for it gives a very balanced and human picture of Roosevelt. By the end you feel you knew him.
I don't like the subtitle. Yes, nominally Roosevelt broke rank with the property owning class from which he came, but it certainly was not to be ornery. He had a vision of what America could be, and the things he did to overcome the depression went a long way to create the trust and confidence that when the time came to go and fight WW2, he legitimately had the country behind him, but he'd also laid the economic foundation for the post war boom.
The more interesting realization is how much this man was a natural at what he did, and again how his own handicap helped humanize him. His ability to communicate the issues in simple terms was unprecedented.
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