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Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Roy  Jenkins
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Feb 11, 09

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Jenkins' biography of FDR covers the necessary ground, but it never feels deep and obviously cannot be comprehensive. If you want broad coverage and the general details this quick read will provide them, but do not think you will gain any deep insights into the man. It is odd that the title character of this biography seems more withdrawn from the book than Eleanor, Teddy and Winston who receive brief, lively, and sympathetic descriptions from the author. It also sometimes feels like Jenkins was shilling for his other biographical works (on Churchill and Truman) and he certainly lingered too long on Rooselvelt's relationship with Britain. All that said, for a quick biography of FDR and his times, this was worth my time.

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