“A brilliant full-length portrait of Franklin Roosevelt the
politician”—the first in an award-winning two-volume biography
(The Christian Science Monitor).
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the longest serving president in
United States history, reshaping the country during the crises of
the Great Depression and World War II. But before his ascension to
the presidency, FDR laid the groundwork for his unprecedented run
with decades of canny political maneuvering and steady
consolidation of power.
In this remarkable New York Times
Pulitzer Prize–winning historian James MacGregor Burns traces FDR’s
rise and the peculiar blend of strength and cunning that made him
such a uniquely transformative figure. Weaving together lively
narrative and impressive scholarship, Burns reconstructs his youth
and education at Groton and Harvard, his relationships with his
cousins Theodore and Eleanor, his immersion in New York State
politics, and his rise to national prominence, all the way through
his first two terms as president, which saw the historic New Deal
take hold and the drumbeats of World War II begin.
Originally published in 1956, The Lion and the Fox
the first studies of Roosevelt—and it remains a landmark record of
his ambitions, talents, and flaws. Hailed by the New York
as “a sensitive, shrewd, and challenging book” and by
as “a case study unmatched in American political
writings,” Burns’s stunning achievement is the life story of a
fascinating political figure.