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David Woolner, "The Last 100 Days: FDR At War and Peace"
A revealing portrait of the end of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life and presidency, shedding new light on how he made his momentous final policy decisions
The first hundred days of FDR’s presidency are justly famous, often viewed as a period of political action without equal in American history. Yet as historian David B. Woolner reveals, the last hundred might very well surpass them in drama and consequence.
Drawing on new evidence, Woolner shows how FDR called on every ounce of his diminishing energy to pursue what mattered most to him: the establishment of the United Nations, the reinvigoration of the New Deal, and the possibility of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. We see a president shorn of the usual distractions of office, a man whose sense of personal responsibility for the American people bore heavily upon him. As Woolner argues, even in declining health FDR displayed remarkable political talent and foresight as he focused his energies on shaping the peace to come.
David B. Woolner is Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Professor of History at Marist College, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College. He is the author of The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace, forthcoming from Basic Books, and is editor/co-editor of five books, including Progressivism in America: Past Present and Future (Oxford University Press 2016), FDR’s World: War, Peace and Legacies (Palgrave, 2008); and FDR and the Environment (Palgrave, 2005). A frequent commentator on the links between the past and the present, his media appearances include interviews with CNN, the BBC, Al Jazeera, the History Channel, NPR; CBC Radio, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.