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FDR and the American Crisis, by Albert Marrin

21863512FDR and the American Crisis
Albert Marrin
2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780385753593
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – High School
4 Stars

This book follows Franklin D. Roosevelt from childhood, through his presidency and WWII, until the end of his life. It does a great job of really documenting not only his life, but the history of America from the early 1900s until after WWII. What I found to be really interesting was the complexity of the man in the office. He was not always a great man, but that doesn’t mean that he was always a bad man. He had his good days and his bad days. He had great issues that he followed through on, that helped to end the great depression. However, he was also a bit wishy washy on some very important issues, including but not limited to equal rights. You may be surprised at what you learn. I also enjoyed the pictures, as many of them really painted the picture of the twelve tumultuous years that FDR was in office.  Overall, it was very interesting and informative!

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2 thoughts on “FDR and the American Crisis, by Albert Marrin

  1. I’m afraid the US has a habit of making heroes out of men like this. Going for 4 terms, he desired power as much as other tyrants and the mystery of how Huey Long was killed as he attempted to straighten out Washington. If you have time, Google – FDR Scandal Page – and settle in for a long read!
    Sorry to be so negative, but this man does not deserve acclaim, in my opinion.

    1. I would definitely say I was surprised by all of the negative things that I learned while reading this book, which is why I think it is a worthwhile read. It was not all glamour and glory, but told the story of the real man. No need to apologize, I welcome all opinions!

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