The Resource His Final Battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Lelyveld

His Final Battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Lelyveld

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His Final Battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt
Title
His Final Battle
Title remainder
the last months of Franklin Roosevelt
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Joseph Lelyveld
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced in tandem to their climax"--Dust jacket flap
  • "'By far the most enigmatic leading figure' of World War II. That's how the British military historian John Keegan described Franklin D. Roosevelt, who frequently left his contemporaries guessing, never more so than at the end of his life. Here, in an insightful account, a prizewinning author and journalist untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced in tandem to their climax. The story has been told piecemeal but never like this, with a close focus on Roosevelt himself and his hopes for a stable international order after the war, and how these led him into a prolonged courtship of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, involving secret, arduous journeys to Tehran and the Crimea. In between, as the war entered its final phase, came the thunderbolt of a dire medical diagnosis, raising urgent questions about the ability of the longest-serving president to stand for a fourth term at a time when he had little choice. Neither his family nor top figures in his administration were informed of his diagnosis, let alone the public or his closest ally, Winston Churchill. With D-Day looming, Roosevelt took a month off on a plantation in the South where he was examined daily by a navy cardiologist, then waited two more months before finally announcing, on the eve of his party's convention, that he'd be a candidate. A political grand master still, he manipulated the selection of a new running mate, with an eye to a possible succession, displaying some of his old vigor and wit in a winning campaign. With precision and compassion, Joseph Lelyveld examines the choices Roosevelt faced, shining new light on his state of mind, preoccupations, and motives, both as leader of the wartime alliance and in his personal life. Confronting his own mortality, Roosevelt operated in the belief that he had a duty to see the war through to the end, telling himself he could always resign if he found he couldn't carry on. Lelyveld delivers an incisive portrait of this deliberately inscrutable man, a consummate leader to the very last."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Lelyveld, Joseph
Dewey number
  • 973.917092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E807
LC item number
.L37 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
Label
His Final Battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Lelyveld
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-381) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- Hi "enormous' heart -- Somewhere in the south -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The great tantalizer -- Commander-in-Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory -- Epilogue: in his wake
Control code
ocn932385572
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9780385350792
Lccn
2015050730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)932385572
Label
His Final Battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Lelyveld
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-381) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- Hi "enormous' heart -- Somewhere in the south -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The great tantalizer -- Commander-in-Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory -- Epilogue: in his wake
Control code
ocn932385572
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9780385350792
Lccn
2015050730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)932385572

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