For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The Rise and Fall of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Robert Underhill
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The Rise and Fall of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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FDR helped rescue the United States from its greatest economic depression but age, ill health, and the burdens of office exacted their tolls. In Roosevelt's third and fourth terms, he had lapses and made mistakes which uncritical supporters are apt to overlook, but which are an important part of his record.

About the Author

Dr. Robert Underhill served for forty years as a Professor and administrator at Iowa State University, where he continues as Emeritus Professor. His education includes a PhD from Northwestern University with additional courses in diplomatic history at Georgetown University and at Indiana University.

Underhill's doctoral dissertation was entitled "Public Addresses as Propaganda During the Cold War." He has published numerous articles in professional journals and has been a frequent speaker before academic and civic groups. He has published fifteen books, including three with Algora Publishing.

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This book examines the personal and administrative qualities of FDR and from that perspective analyzes the U.S. response to the changing global scene between the two world wars. Governments during the period preceding and throughout World War...

This book examines the personal and administrative qualities of FDR and from that perspective analyzes the U.S. response to the changing global scene between the two world wars. Governments during the period preceding and throughout World War II were not without defects, yet despite lapses and mistakes made by the U.S. Administration in Washington between 1939 and 1945, the accumulated errors did not equal either of two major ones committed by wartime enemies: 1) Hitler’s judgment in invading the Soviet Union, and 2) Japan’s decision to attack Pearl Harbor. 

World War I had reduced most of Western Europe to rubble, and in the aftermath of that debacle extreme poverty, due in large part to the harshness of peace treaties, swept over the defeated nations. The hardships of those times made it inevitable that some governments would attempt recovery through authoritarian and military means. In the United States, conditions first flourished and then, after the stock market crashed in 1929, sank into a Great Depression. Stresses were very grave, but rather than resorting to arms American citizens yielded to reforms instituted through measures of the New Deal, the hallmark of Roosevelt's presidency. 

Meanwhile, totalitarian leaders in Germany and Italy encouraged huge rearmaments programs and began encroaching neighboring governments. Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and smaller nations were taken over by Nazis, thereby adding to a Reich which der Fuhrer (the leader) and his cohorts claimed would last a thousand years. Driven by that zeal, the German Wehrmacht (armed forces) in 1939 invaded Poland, and another World War was begun. 

Roosevelt and his interactions with Churchill, who was urgently seeking U.S. assistance—while the American population wanted no part in another war—make up a central theme of the current work. As well, developments in the Pacific are examined including Japan and Pearl Harbor, and questions of what he knew and when he knew it.  

At the same time, discussions of aspects of Roosevelt's personal life make it plain that even the most compelling figures in American history were very human. Prof. Underhill's perspective on the much-debated legacy of President Roosevelt is informed by his background as a loyal American but a tough man to impress, having flown 50 combat missions in World War II.


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Pages 230
Year: 2012
BISAC: HIS036060 HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
BISAC: HIS027100 HISTORY / Military / World War II
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