Tag Archives: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Churchills in Love and War by Mary S Lovell

Although I’ve read several books in which Winston Churchill was a prominent character, I’ve never read a biography of him. Not that reading biographies is painful to me, but The Churchills in Love and War has to be the least … Continue reading

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Review: Drew Pearson by Oliver Pilat (1973)

Subtitle: An Unauthorized Biography Drew Pearson (1897-1969) is a secondary character in two books I read recently: Newspaper Titan (the biography of Cissy Patterson, Drew Pearson’s one-time mother-in-law) and Poisoning the Press (about Jack Anderson, Drew Pearson’s successor as writer … Continue reading

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Review: December 1941 by Craig Shirley

Subtitle: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World A friend introduced me to a new phrase this week: “narrative non-fiction.” She was using it in categorizing non-fiction as written by Erik Larson, author of Devil in the White … Continue reading

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Review: The Millionaires’ Unit by Marc Wortman

Subtitle: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power Although American tried to remain neutral in the years before World War I, she was forced to act in 1918. But in 1916, a group of … Continue reading

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Review: The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century by Alan Brinkley

After recently reading the biography of Joseph Pulitzer, I hoped Henry Luce — the founder of Time, Life, Fortune and Sports Illustrated – would prove to be a more likable subject. Alas, it was not to be. Born just before … Continue reading

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Polio: An American Story by David M Oshinsky

The only things I remember about polio are being unable to go the swimming pool in the summer and standing in line for the Salk vaccine. David M. Oshinsky fleshes out the story of the behind-the-scenes bickering and competition between … Continue reading

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Review: FDR’s Funeral Train A Betrayed Widow, a Soviet Spy, and a Presidency in the Balance by Robert Klara

After Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia on April 12, 1945, his remains were carried by train from there to Washington DC for a funeral and then to his Hyde Park estate for burial. Anyone who’s planned a … Continue reading

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