Archive for September 11th, 2014

Take Ten: The Roosevelts

With the new Ken Burns documentary airing next week, the name Roosevelt seems to be everywhere. The film should be interesting (and it’s getting good reviews), but I’m not sure that 14 hours can do justice to these three titans of the 20th Century. Start with the companion book – The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait by Geoffrey C. Ward – and then venture out to a few more books that cover them more extensively. Whether we talk about their impact in a political or social sense, there’s no denying that they served a large role in helping to define America. Learn more about this fascinating trio with one of these titles.


Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1858-1919)

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt – Richard Marschall

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York – Richard Zacks

Mornings on Horseback – David McCullough

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey – Candice Millard

The Rough Riders: An Autobiography – Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin: Madness, Vengeance, and the Campaign of 1912 – Gerard Helferich

Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics – Michael Wolraich

When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House – Patricia O’Toole

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America – Douglas Brinkley


Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 – 1945)

By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans – Greg Robinson

The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope – Jonathan Alter

FDR – Jean Edward Smith

FDR v. the Constitution: The Court-Packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy – Burt Solomon

Final Victory: FDR’s Extraordinary Campaign for President During World War II – Stanley Weintraub

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship – Jon Meacham

The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency – James Tobin

Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt – H. W. Brands

Young Mr. Roosevelt: FDR’s Introduction to War, Politics, and Life – Stanley Weintraub

Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman – From World War to Cold War – Michael Dobbs


Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)

Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism – Allida M. Black

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters to Eleanor Roosevelt Through Depression and War – ed. Cathy D. Knepper

Eleanor: The Years Alone – Joseph P. Lash

Eleanor Roosevelt: An American Conscience – Tamara K. Hareven

Eleanor Roosevelt, Reluctant First Lady – Lorena A. Hickok

She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker – Brigid O’Farrell

This I Remember – Eleanor Roosevelt

What I Hope to Leave Behind: The Essential Essays of Eleanor Roosevelt – Eleanor Roosevelt

With Love, Aunt Eleanor: Stories from My Life with the First Lady of the World – Eleanor Roosevelt II

A World of Love: Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Friends, 1943-1962 – Joseph P. Lash


And two extra that look at the relationship between Franklin and Eleanor:

Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage – Hazel Rowley

Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor – Curtis Roosevelt