His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt

By Joseph Lelyveld
Read by Dan Woren

15.18 Hours 09/06/2016 unabridged
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From the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, an intimate and hugely insightful account of Roosevelt’s final months of life, when, despite a dire medical prognosis, he was determined to be re-elected, deal with Stalin, and bring the war to a successful conclusion. Franklin D. Roosevelt is often ranked among the greatest of American presidents, but his legacy has never been considered like this: through the lens of his final sixteen months. This little-examined period encompasses the D-Day invasion, the Manhattan Project, the Yalta conference—and the discovery that he was suffering from severe hypertension and congestive heart failure. With precision and compassion, Joseph Lelyveld examines the choices Roosevelt made in this period, illuminating his state of mind, his preoccupations, and his motives, both as a wartime leader and in his personal life. Confronting his own mortality, Roosevelt operated under the belief that he had a duty to see the war through to the end—while simultaneously pressured by the demands of family, health, and volatile enemies. Lelyveld delivers an incisive portrait of this famously inscrutable man, full of contradictions but a consummate leader to the very last.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

From the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, an intimate and hugely insightful account of Roosevelt’s final months of life, when, despite a dire medical prognosis, he was determined to be re-elected, deal with Stalin, and bring the war to a successful conclusion.

Franklin D. Roosevelt is often ranked among the greatest of American presidents, but his legacy has never been considered like this: through the lens of his final sixteen months. This little-examined period encompasses the D-Day invasion, the Manhattan Project, the Yalta conference—and the discovery that he was suffering from severe hypertension and congestive heart failure.

With precision and compassion, Joseph Lelyveld examines the choices Roosevelt made in this period, illuminating his state of mind, his preoccupations, and his motives, both as a wartime leader and in his personal life. Confronting his own mortality, Roosevelt operated under the belief that he had a duty to see the war through to the end—while simultaneously pressured by the demands of family, health, and volatile enemies. Lelyveld delivers an incisive portrait of this famously inscrutable man, full of contradictions but a consummate leader to the very last.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A compellingly nuanced, almost day-by-day account of the great man’s final year of life.” Time
“[Lelyveld’s] full and disciplined investigation of an important theme makes a significant contribution to FDR scholarship.” Wall Street Journal
“Lelyveld…has the fortitude and skill to properly analyze FDR’s decision-making process. What makes His Final Battle so exceptional is Lelyveld’s admirable ability to write nonfiction with highly stylized lyrical beauty.” Washington Post
“A gripping book that will substantially deepen readers’ understanding of a critical time in US history.” Foreign Affairs
“Gripping…[and] masterfully told…Lelyveld brings to this project a complex mind (but approachable language) equal to Roosevelt’s complex character (but comforting rhetoric)." Boston Globe
“Lelyveld combines his long-honed reporting experience with a historian’s eye firmly fixed on this important story…full of illuminating revelations.” Washington Times
“Splendid and richly detailed.” New York Review of Books
“Offers fresh insights on a much-mythologized president.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Dan Woren[‘s] fluid style is easy on the ears and carries listeners along nicely…Woren wisely chooses not to impersonate FDR’s distinctive voice in direct quotations, and his pauses are well timed and effective.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Joseph Lelyveld

Joseph Lelyveld is the author of several books, including Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He spent nearly four decades as a reporter and editor at the New York Time and served as executive editor from 1994 to 2001.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 15.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English