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His Final Battle Read His Final Battle Author Joseph Lelyveld Jwdfitness.co.uk A New York Times 2016 Notable Book By Far The Most Enigmatic Leading Figure Of World War II That S How The British Military Historian John Keegan Described Franklin D Roosevelt, Who Frequently Left His Contemporaries Guessing, Never So Than At The End Of His Life Here, In A Hugely Insightful Account, A Prizewinning Author And Journalist Untangles The Narrative Threads Of Roosevelt S Final Months, Showing How He Juggled The Strategic, Political, And Personal Choices He Faced As The War, His Presidency, And His Life Raced In Tandem To Their Climax The Story Has Been Told Piecemeal But Never Like This, With A Close Focus On Roosevelt Himself And His Hopes For A Stable International Order After The War, And How These Led Him Into A Prolonged Courtship Of Joseph Stalin, The Soviet Dictator, Involving Secret, Arduous Journeys To Tehran And The Crimea In Between, As The War Entered Its Final Phase, Came The Thunderbolt Of A Dire Medical Diagnosis, Raising Urgent Questions About The Ability Of The Longest Serving President To Stand For A Fourth Term At A Time When He Had Little Choice Neither His Family Nor Top Figures In His Administration Were Informed Of His Diagnosis, Let Alone The Public Or His Closest Ally, Winston Churchill With D Day Looming, Roosevelt Took A Month Off On A Plantation In The South Where He Was Examined Daily By A Navy Cardiologist, Then Waited Two Months Before Finally Announcing, On The Eve Of His Party S Convention, That He D Be A Candidate A Political Grand Master Still, He Manipulated The Selection Of A New Running Mate, With An Eye To A Possible Succession, Displaying Some Of His Old Vigor And Wit In A Winning Campaign With Precision And Compassion, Joseph Lelyveld Examines The Choices Roosevelt Faced, Shining New Light On His State Of Mind, Preoccupations, And Motives, Both As Leader Of The Wartime Alliance And In His Personal Life Confronting His Own Mortality, Roosevelt Operated In The Belief That He Had A Duty To See The War Through To The End, Telling Himself He Could Always Resign If He Found He Couldn T Carry On Lelyveld Delivers An Incisive Portrait Of This Deliberately Inscrutable Man, A Consummate Leader To The Very Last.

10 thoughts on “His Final Battle

  1. says:

    A number of years ago historian, Warren Kimball wrote a book entitled THE JUGGLER which seemed an apt description of Franklin D Roosevelt s approach to presidential decision making As the bibliography of Roosevelt s presidency has grown exponentially over the years Kimball s argument has stood the test of time as FDR dealt with domestic and war related issues simultaneously In his new book HIS FINAL BATTLE THE LAST MONTHS OF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, Joseph Lelyveld concentrates on the period ...

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    With his look at the last 15 months or so of FDRs life, Mr Lelyveld looks at the many cross currents that were affecting that life They include his medical state and care, his goals for the post war world, finishing the war, whether or not to run for the presidency onetime, his changing relationship with Churchill and Stalin among other topics.His look at the quality of health care that Roosevelt received is especially damning His personal physician s, Navy Rear Admiral Ross McIntire wh With his look at the last 15 months or so of FDRs life, Mr Lelyveld looks at the many cross currents that were affecting that life They include his medical state and care, his goals for the post war world, finishing the war, whether or not to run for the presidency onetime, his changing relationship with Churchill and Stalin among other topics.His look at the quality of health care that Roosevelt received is especially damning His personal physician s, N...

  3. says:

    Never got to say this on Goodreads, but FIRST It was impossible for me to read this book during the run up to the 2016 US election without thinking of the unbelievable scrutiny the press has put on every minutiae of Hillary Clinton s health She coughs twice, stumbles once, all of a sudden she is physically unfit to be president Compare this to one of our greatest presidents ever, confined to a wheelchair for the last several years of his term, who everyone in Washington knew was dying BEFORE Never got to say this on Goodreads, but FIRST It was impossible for me to read this book during the run up to the 2016 US election without thinking of the unbelievable scrutiny the press has put on every minutiae of Hillary Clinton s health She coughs twice, stumbles once, all of a sudden she is physically unfit to be president Compare this to one of our greatest presidents ever, confined to a wheelchair for the last several years of his term, who everyone in Washington knew was dying BEFORE he rain for president his final time in 1944 yet who knew he just had to make it oneyear to make progress toward winning t...

  4. says:

    A Requiem for a Dying LeaderThis chronicle of the last year of Franklin Roosevelt s life offers a remarkable amount of insight into a period that is often treated lightly in histories of the war and other biographies of the man In the year of his last election, of D Day, and of then final battles of the European war, FDR was a dying man, his health nearly broken but his spirit largely intact It s interesting to consider the burdens of the Presidency upon its holder The author is clearly sympa A Requiem for a Dying LeaderThis chronicle of the last year of Franklin Roosevelt s life offers a remarkable amount of insight into a period that is often treated lightly in histories of the war and other biographies of the man In the year of his last election, of D Day, and of then final battles of the European war, FDR was a dying man, his health nearly broken but his spirit largely intact It s interesting to consider the burdens of the Presidency upon its holder The author is clearly sympathetic to Roosevelt as am I but it does seem to me that they are not willing to go quite far enough in questioning whether Roosevelt was right to carry on as he did as he was fading The performance attributed to the man is heroic, but it seems questionable to me whether it was desirable in wartime to leave such power entrusted in a man for whom simply getting out of bed was practically a act of courage.Still, the book does make one admire and understand ...

  5. says:

    Not a lot of new information Repeating the information from Robert Ferrell s 2008 book Dying President 1944 1945 The narrative was better but not much new Really a rating of 2 1 2

  6. says:

    A riveting account of how FDR could sustain a multidimensional, global acumen during the final year of his life when he was suffering from untreated congestive heart failure and the world remained divided by a great war Would I wish that his book become required reading for our President elect If on...

  7. says:

    Favorite Quote Let us move forward, with a firm and active faith FDR

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    Lelyveld s history of FDR covers in great detail the intersection of FDR s health conditions and his policy making This is not the story of a man s physical decline alone, but the story of how a man in physical decline steered a new empire toward victory, while playing the political game at home with his usual aplomb This is FDR the embodied man It s a revelatory perspective on the age FDR was a master of misdirection and concealment Politically, many people left his presence thinking he wa Lelyveld s history of FDR covers in great detail the intersection of FDR s health conditions and his policy making T...

  9. says:

    The Leader in a democracy has to keep the people entertained FDR to George Marshall.Being the leader of the free world has a lot of benefits But as we can see it also ages you prematurely The stresses of the job, the things you have to dogoogle a picture of Obama in 2008 and then 2016 and he looks to have aged 20 years When does someone not want to be President When they know that they are dying And that s what this book gets into FDR and his final year The same FDR who died 12 wee The Leader in a democracy has to keep the people entertained FDR to George Marshall.Being the leader of the free world has a lot of benefits But as we can see it also ages you prematurely The stresses of the job, the things you have to dogoogle a picture of Obama in 2008 and then 2016 and he looks to have aged 20 years When does someone not want to be President When they know that they are dying And that s what this book gets into FDR and his final year The same FDR who died 12 weeks after being elected in a landslide that he didn t want to take part in FDR had already been President for 12 years when he was up to stand for election again And as the pictures show and the recollections of his aides and people who met him knewhe was worn down and tired But he also had HUGE obligations He was running the Allied portion of the war He was drawing up...

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    This is a compelling and heartbreaking look at FDR s final year And as always, Roosevelt is much too complex and elusive to remain bound in any book, regardless of its time frame Even though we obviously already know the ending, it still delivers a gut punch Losing this greatest of great men, however flawed, is to me one of history s sorrows And this book offers a good timeline, some bright encounters, and a good sense of FDR s sparkle and that sparkle s dimming But the author cannot This is a compelling and heartbreaking look at FDR s final year And as always, Roosevelt is much too complex and elusive to remain bound in any book, regardless of its time frame Even though we obviously already know the ending, it still delivers a gut punch Losing this greatest of great men, however flawed, is to me one of history s sorrows And this book offers a good timeline, some bright encounters, and a good sense of FDR s sparkle and that sparkle s dimming But the author cannot trust his subject, or I guess his readers, to grasp the inevitable We get it it s right there in the subtitle these are FDR s last months He is dying Cue the dunh dunh DUNH sound effect, because Lelyveld must remind us every few pages that things are headed south Conversations are wrapped up with he didn t realize it, but this was their last meeting to a maddening degree Not once but twice Lelyveld muses that FDR is pondering the intimation of his own mortality We read that not...

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