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Franklin D. Roosevelt: the Ordeal
Franklin D. Roosevelt: the Ordeal
By Frank Freidel
Little, Brown, 1954, 320 pp

In this second volume of a projected six-volume biography Mr. Freidel deals with the years between the end of the First World War and Roosevelt's election as Governor of New York, years in which he was smitten with infantile paralysis and during which he began to climb the ladder in the defeated Democratic Party. Careful and balanced in his judgments, the author is no uncritical admirer: F.D.R. is seen as a natural politician, but one whom the personal and public events of that decade were propelling in the direction of the White House.