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FDR and the American Crisis

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FDR and the American Crisis

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, America's 32nd president, was one of the most controversial leaders in our history. After a privileged, yet difficult, upbringing, Roosevelt was able to rise into the public eye and obtain the presidency for four terms. FDR entered the White House when the American people were struggling through the Great Depression, and not only did he restore the people's faith in the government, he led the country through the second World War.

"FDR AND THE AMERICAN CRISIS is an easy read that still provides the abundant information present in other adult historical books and biographies."

Albert Marrin's FDR AND THE AMERICAN CRISIS provides both a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the history of the 1930s and 40s. Marrin provides a very interesting novel surrounding the life of FDR including his wealthy family, his struggles with polio and his brilliant mind that pushed our country out of the Depression and through World War II. The book presents the history surrounding the stock market crash in 1929, life at home during the war and the importance of the relationship between FDR and Stalin. The book was full of information that was presented in a way that placed the reader directly into the event by providing dialogue and images of the time period.

FDR AND THE AMERICAN CRISIS is an easy read that still provides the abundant information present in other adult historical books and biographies. I had previously read books on FDR, and they had all taken me at least a month to read, but this book lasted me about two weeks. This is not because it was not as informative but because it was easier to understand. The book was written in simple, young adult language, that was comprehensive and didn't take away from the sophistication of the book. I also liked the photography and pictures that were present with the text that made for a much more visual read, unlike many adult nonfiction novels that only have a few pages dedicated to photography in the middle of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed the setup and content of this book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in the life of FDR or just the 1930s and 40s in general. FDR AND THE AMERICAN CRISIS creates an image for the reader of the history and presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Reviewed by Harleen K., Teen Board Member on July 25, 2016

FDR and the American Crisis
by Albert Marrin