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A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and an appreciation of his continuing influence remains essential to understanding the contemporary presidency. This new edition of In the Shadow of FDR has been updated to A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and an appreciation of his continuing influence remains essential to understanding the contemporary presidency. This new edition of In the Shadow of FDR has been updated to examine the presidency of George W. Bush and the first 100 days of the presidency of Barack Obama. The Obama presidency is evidence not just of the continuing relevance of FDR for assessing executive power but also of the salience of FDR's name in party politics and policy formulation.


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A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and an appreciation of his continuing influence remains essential to understanding the contemporary presidency. This new edition of In the Shadow of FDR has been updated to A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and an appreciation of his continuing influence remains essential to understanding the contemporary presidency. This new edition of In the Shadow of FDR has been updated to examine the presidency of George W. Bush and the first 100 days of the presidency of Barack Obama. The Obama presidency is evidence not just of the continuing relevance of FDR for assessing executive power but also of the salience of FDR's name in party politics and policy formulation.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Gilda Felt

    Perhaps being a bit biased, I didn’t believe that any of these men could not but be overshadowed by FDR before I read the book. Reading it has only reinforced my opinion. We’re given a term by term review of each succeeding presidency. A few of the men come close to fulfilling the promise of “another FDR.” But, truthfully, many of the men are lessened in my eyes because of the way they either try to denigrate FDR’s accomplishments, or, almost as bad, pretend that they are no longer relevant. I th Perhaps being a bit biased, I didn’t believe that any of these men could not but be overshadowed by FDR before I read the book. Reading it has only reinforced my opinion. We’re given a term by term review of each succeeding presidency. A few of the men come close to fulfilling the promise of “another FDR.” But, truthfully, many of the men are lessened in my eyes because of the way they either try to denigrate FDR’s accomplishments, or, almost as bad, pretend that they are no longer relevant. I think FDR said it best. “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” That’s the standard that those who came after should try to meet. Too often, as been so glaringly shown in the present, we elect someone who doesn’t even try. All Americans’ lives are better because of FDR. And we still live with many of the things he accomplished. Social Security, minimum wage (even if it hasn’t kept up with the cost of living,) the many parks and buildings constructed by the CCC, to name a few. It seems a fool’s errand to try to surpass all that, especially in 100 days. Perhaps we should stop making them try. It’s been almost a hundred years since FDR was first elected. No one has yet stepped out of that shadow.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A fascinating book about each president's search for a legacy in the wake of FDR. This was a text book for my political Science class "The Presidency" but I actually read it for my personal pleasure and was blown away by how much I learned and by what it must feel like to be in the President's shoes with all of the history to look back on. A fascinating book about each president's search for a legacy in the wake of FDR. This was a text book for my political Science class "The Presidency" but I actually read it for my personal pleasure and was blown away by how much I learned and by what it must feel like to be in the President's shoes with all of the history to look back on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    William E. Leuchtenburg has offered an exceptional piece that details how every president, since FDR, has had their administrations affected by our 32nd President.

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