New York: Random House, 1986. First Edition. Hardcover. x, 756,  pages. Footnotes. Notes. Index. Some wear and creasing to DJ. Small sticker with name and address of a previous owner of this book inside front flyleaf. Red mark approximately 1.5 inches, and some soiling, on top edge. Kenneth Sydney Davis (September 29, 1912 – June 10, 1999) was an American historian, most renowned for his series of biographies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Davis also wrote the first biography of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, entitled Dwight D. Eisenhower: Soldier of Democracy. Davis was a war correspondent attached to General Eisenhower's headquarters during World War II, a member of the UNESCO Relations Staff of the State Department, and a professor of history. He also worked as speech writer for Adlai Stevenson during the 1956 campaign. Davis was awarded the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize in 1973 for his book FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny. His next two volumes on Roosevelt were chosen as among the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. Derived from a Kirkus review: In FDR, Davis has probably made more sense than any previous writer on the subject. What provides the glue that holds this massive project together is that Davis sees his subject in a wide scope, with the history of the past three centuries as his background. Davis sees that history, worldwide, as a dynamic tension between the intellectual challenge of man against the awesome scientific and technological advances of these past centuries. Davis handles all of this with the depth of a philosopher and the patience of the researcher to demonstrate how Roosevelt, through sheer force of will, the exercise of the right temperament, and political genius enabled the government to bring control to the broken economy while keeping an eye open to ensure that the bureaucracy did not usurp its authority, The first in this series was a nominee for the National Book Award. The present offering is worthy of that and more. Condition: Good / fair.
Keywords: Franklin Roosevelt, U.S. Presidents, New Deal, Great Depression, Politics & Government, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins, Harold Ickes, Rexford Tugwell, Raymond Moley, Henry Wallace