Sharpening Our Impressions of FDR

As you may have noticed from the highlighter box at the top of the page here at WaMo, we’ve published a web-exclusive review by Alexander Heffner of three recent books on FDR. One focuses on his rhetoric, one on his historic 1940 re-election campaign, and one on his young adulthood and initial public service.

As Heffner notes, FDR overcame challenges and divisions that were daunting even in comparison to those facing his successors, and managed the improbable (not to mention unparalleled) achievement of three successful re-elections. It is probably impossible–particularly for progressives–to spend too much time reading or thinking about this president and his legacy. It’s good to know the well is far from dry in either academia or the publishing world, and that new books on FDR will continue to appear like clockwork.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.