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In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barak Obama 4ed

by William E Leuchtenburg Cornell University Press
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A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945--the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and an appreciation of his continuing influence remains essential to understanding the contemporary presidency. This new edition of In the Shadow of FDR has been updated to examine Bill Clinton's presidency, including possible parallels between Hillary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt. Concluding with an analysis of the 2000 presidential campaign, William E. Leuchtenburg assesses the influence FDR's legacy is likely to continue to have in the new century.

1. Harry Truman
2. First Republican Interlude: Dwight D. Eisenhower
3. John F. Kennedy
4. Lyndon B. Johnson
5. Second Republican Interlude: Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
6. Jimmy Carter
7. Ronald Reagan
8. Waiting for Franklin D.
9. Twilight
10. Franklin Delano Obama


'In the Shadow of FDR shrewdly sets forth the special cruelty of the dilemma Roosevelt's successors have all faced: 'If he did not walk in FDR's footsteps, he ran a risk of having it said that he was not a Roosevelt but a Hoover. Yet to the extent that he did copy FDR, he lost any chance of marking out his own claim to recognition.''aNew York Times Book Review (reviewing a previous edition) 'A stimulating and original survey of the political impact of Franklin D. Roosevelt's image on his successors in the White House. Truman was resentful, Eisenhower suffered (in liberal eyes) by invidious comparison, Kennedy was ambivalent, Johnson celebratory, Nixon strangely admiring, Carter shallow in his use of FDR symbolism, and Reagan the first to turn his back on the New Deal.'aForeign Affairs (reviewing a previous edition) 'William E. Leuchtenburg's close examination of FDR's presidential legatees has enabled him to demonstrate Roosevelt's enormous beyond-the-grave influence. In the Shadow of FDR is a fine, perceptive work that constitutes a valuable coda for New Deal studies. Several pertinent insights help to contribute to discussions of the role of personalities in politics. This book is a refreshing contribution to studies of the presidency.'aAmerican Historical Review (reviewing a previous edition)
William E. Leuchtenburg is William Rand Kenan Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Among his many books is Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940, for which he was awarded the Bancroft Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. At the architect's request, Leuchtenburg provided the majority of the quotations for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.