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Two Men and a Car: Franklin Roosevelt, Al Capone, and a Cadillac V-8

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He must make a speech to a joint session of Congress that will build support for America’s entry to World War II, but to do that he needs an armored vehicle in which to make the short trip from the White House to the Capitol Building. According to legend, the car Roosevelt rode in that day, borrowed from the FBI’s impound lot, was an armored Cadillac V-8 built for gangster ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Tilbury House Publishers
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Mary Sanchez
The bookcover hooked me in! Love the art work and the idea that Franklin D. Roosevelt and Al Capone may have had a connection with a Cadillac V-8.

The perfect "vehicle" to help kids with compare/contrast.

Barbara
Although it isn't clear just how true the legend about this Cadillac V-8 is, readers may be intrigued to compare the experiences of the two men whose lives might have briefly touched due to the car. An excellent book for helping students learn about comparing and contrasting two lives, this book takes readers back to the early part of the twentieth century--and yes, as the author is quick to point out, it all starts with a car. Built in 1928 got Al Capone, a notorious mobster who needed the prot ...more
Rcltigger
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"This tale begins as a story about a car. Then it becomes a story about the lives of two men. And finally it becomes a story about America in the first half of the twentieth century. But it begins with a car."
So begins this wonderful work of non-fiction by Michael Garland. There is debate about whether Franklin Roosevelt actually rode in Al Capone's custom built Cadillac V-8 after it was impounded by the government following Capone's conviction on tax evasion charges in 1931, but the car provid
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Gretchen
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book is amazing. To take two men who led opposite lives but achieved similarly high status within their own social structure and compare on contrast them was fascinating! It makes me want to find out more about both men as well as try to discover other pairings of individuals like this. I'm not sure where I want to use this in my classroom but I know I do. I think I can also use it to show what great writing is too for my students. This is truly a fabulous book that I want to reread a few t ...more
Lizanne Johnson
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intersecting parallel biographies of Al Capone and Theodore Roosevelt make for an interesting read. Back matter includes a timeline and additional resources.
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