Libro 11/52 :: FDR by Jean Edward Smith

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Remember back in the mid-2000’s when there was a run on musical biographies?

 

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles.

Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter.

 

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Hopefully Lincoln will spark a run on presidential biopics, including George Washington and FDR, rounding out the top three presidents of all-time.

 

 

No… Hyde Park on the Hudson with Bill Murray playing Franklin doesn’t count. Focusing on FDR’s extramarital affairs is akin to doing likewise with Michael Jordan or Albert Einstein.

 

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Their failure to uphold the sanctity of marriage may be disappointing to some. Among other things it proves they are human, despite their genius. Whatever.

 

Point being: an FDR biopic could win best picture. And Jean Edward Smith’s great biography, FDR, could lend a hand.

 

 

FDR’s career is unbelievable.

Literally.

 

 

Asst. Secretary of the Navy in WWI

Spoke French & German (invaluable in the wars)

Governor of New York

Polio victim

Ended The Depression

President during WWII

 

 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

FDR won four presidential elections and led our nation for 12 years. No wonder he died in office. That’s brutal work.

 

 

Smith’s story-telling in FDR has incredible pace. It made this book an easy read. No easy chore when the book spans FDR’s entire life and then some.

 

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When it comes to the presidential triumvirate of Washington, Honest Abe, and FDR, Lincoln is getting all the press these days. But as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, just remember who repealed Prohibition.

 

 

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Bottom Line: First presidential must-read of the Libro 52 Challenge. Very good book. Incredible career.

 

 

Bradley Hartmann is El Presidente at Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com). He’s reading 52 books this year – or at least he’s trying. 

 

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LIBRO 52 Challenge YTD

1. Kennedy/Nixon by Chris Matthews

2. Poke the Box by Seth Godin

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

NA. Buy-In by John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead

4. Education of an Accidental CEO by David Novak

5. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

6. Blood, Brains and Beer by David Ogilvy

7. Lyndon Johnson :: Master of the Senate by Robert Caro

8. 1776 by David McCullough

9. To Sell Is Human by Dan Pink

NA. Profiles In Courage by JFK*

10. Write It When I’m Gone by Tom DeFrank

11. FDR by Jean Edward Smith

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