View your shopping cart.
Available for Special Order

Banner Message

Please note that online availability does not reflect stock in store!

Please check your SPAM folder for communications from us- for some reason our messages are being sent there more than usual :(

Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
$29.95
This is the story of a political miracle -- the perfect match of man and moment. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in March of 1933 as America touched bottom. Banks were closing everywhere. Millions of people lost everything. The Great Depression had caused a national breakdown. With the craft of a master storyteller, Jonathan Alter brings us closer than ever before to the Roosevelt magic. Facing the gravest crisis since the Civil War, FDR used his cagey political instincts and ebullient temperament in the storied first Hundred Days of his presidency to pull off an astonishing conjuring act that lifted the country and saved both democracy and capitalism.

Who was this man? To revive the nation when it felt so hopeless took an extraordinary display of optimism and self-confidence. Alter shows us how a snobbish and apparently lightweight young aristocrat was forged into an incandescent leader by his domineering mother; his independent wife; his eccentric top adviser, Louis Howe; and his ally-turned-bitter-rival, Al Smith, the Tammany Hall street fighter FDR had to vanquish to complete his preparation for the presidency.

"Old Doc Roosevelt" had learned at Warm Springs, Georgia, how to lift others who suffered from polio, even if he could not cure their paralysis, or his own. He brought the same talents to a larger stage. Derided as weak and unprincipled by pundits, Governor Roosevelt was barely nominated for president in 1932. As president-elect, he escaped assassination in Miami by inches, then stiffed President Herbert Hoover's efforts to pull him into cooperating with him to deal with a terrifying crisis. In the most tumultuous and dramatic presidential transition in history, the entire banking structure came tumbling down just hours before FDR's legendary "only thing we have to fear is fear itself" Inaugural Address.

In a major historical find, Alter unearths the draft of a radio speech in which Roosevelt considered enlisting a private army of American Legion veterans on his first day in office. He did not. Instead of circumventing Congress and becoming the dictator so many thought they needed, FDR used his stunning debut to experiment. He rescued banks, put men to work immediately, and revolutionized mass communications with pioneering press conferences and the first Fireside Chat. As he moved both right and left, Roosevelt's insistence on "action now" did little to cure the Depression, but he began to rewrite the nation's social contract and lay the groundwork for his most ambitious achievements, including Social Security.

From one of America's most respected journalists, rich in insights and with fresh documentation and colorful detail, this thrilling story of presidential leadership -- of what government is for -- resonates through the events of today. It deepens our understanding of how Franklin Delano Roosevelt restored hope and transformed America.

"The Defining Moment" will take its place among our most compelling works of political history.

ISBN: 
0743246004 (9780743246002)
Author: 
Binding: 
Hardcover
Publisher: 
Publication Date: 
May 2, 2006
0

Paperback Fiction

Velvet Was the Night
By: Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
Every Summer After
By: Fortune, Carley
Book Lovers
By: Henry, Emily
Mayflies
By: O'Hagan, Andrew
Teenager
By: Smith, Bud
Things We Lost to the Water
By: Nguyen, Eric
Malibu Rising
By: Jenkins Reid, Taylor
Oh William
By: Strout, Elizabeth

Hardcover Non-Fiction

Long Train Runnin
By: Johnston, Tom
There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness
By: Rovelli, Carlo
Making History
By: Cohen, Richard
Zabars
By: Zabar, Lori
My America
By: Stein, Joshua David
Metaphysical Animals
By: Wiseman, Rachael
River of the Gods
By: Millard, Candice
In the Early Times
By: Friend, Tad
His Name Is George Floyd
By: Olorunnipa, Toluse

Hardcover Fiction

Perfect Golden Circle
Author: Myers, Benjamin
Bitter Orange Tree
Author: Alharthi, Jokha
This Time Tomorrow
Author: Straub, Emma
Garden of Broken Things
Author: Momplaisir, Francesca
You Have a Friend in 10A
Author: Shipstead, Maggie
When Women Were Dragons
Author: Barnhill, Kelly
Book of Night
Author: Black, Holly
Siren Queen
Author: Vo, Nghi
Elektra
Author: Saint, Jennifer
Bloomsbury Girls
Author: Jenner, Natalie