Book Report: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
US History 1302
Submitted to: John D. Boswell
May 2, 2012
Freedman, Russell. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. New York:Clarion Books, 1990. I selected the book Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Russell Freedman for my book review. The book was published by Clarion Books and text copyrighted in New York in 1990. This book traces the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt all the way from this birth in 1882 through his youth, early political career, and presidency to his death in Warm Spring, Georgia, in 1945.
Russell Freedman (born in 1929 in San Francisco) began his writing career as a reporter and editor for the San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press. This experience, he says, “taught him to need deadlines and to respect fact (Book),” He later on moved to New York City where he worked as a publicity writer for the network television. This job taught him the importance of capturing and holding the readers interest. Freedman is one of the greatest biographer and author of nearly 50 books for young people. In 1988 he received the John Newberry Medal for this book Lincoln: A Photobiography. He also received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his lifelong contribution contribution to children’s literature. He currently lives in New York City He received one of the 2007 National Humanities Medals. Other scholars who have viewed Russell Freedman’s work said that he is one of the greatest biographers ever. Some have said he is the greatest because of all the different types of works he published. His nonfiction books range in subject from the lives and behaviors of animals to people in history whose impact is still felt today. Scholar’s said that Freedman’s technique on the way he writes his books is very unique. He uses compelling photographs to illustrate his work. One scholar said that Freedman’s technique was to immerse himself in his topic, learning everything he can about the person or subject, and then to complete pain staking research in photography archives in order to find just the right pictures to illustrate his story. His Lincoln: A photobiography one of the greatest works he done. Roosevelt was a more difficult subject than Lincoln. Roosevelt’s most significant years spanned two historical Cataclysms (the Depression and WWII). The abundance of material available about Roosevelt presents a formidable challenge to any biographer. That’s why this book was a challenge to Freedman. Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York on January 30th, 1882, the son of James Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt. His parents and private tutors provided all of Franklin’s formative education. Franklin was born into a wealthy family that had it all because the Roosevelt estate occupied hundreds of acres of rolling farmland along the wooded bluffs of the Hudson, just South of the Village of Hyde Park, New York. Sara Delano Roosevelt once said,” His father and I always expected a great deal of Franklin…After all, he had many advantages that other boys did not have (pg.7).” This points out that he was born into wealth so he would grow up rich. It says that he was an only child and that someday he would inherit Springwood. His family belonged to an exclusive and privileged class. The Roosevelt’s had a coat of arms and a Dutch Bible that recorded more than two centuries of family births, weddings and deaths. Returning to his parents, Sara Delano, Franklin’s mother, had grown up on a Hudson River estate not far from Hyde Park. She was twenty-six years old when she married James Roosevelt, a widower exactly twice her ago. When Franklin was born he was “a splendid large baby boy, he weighs 10lbs. without clothes (pg.8),” his father noted in his diary. James Roosevelt was vice-president of several corporations, but he spent most of his time managing his property at Springwood, leading the life of a dignified country gentleman. Though he was old enough to be Franklin’s grandfather, he had a very...
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