FDR Goes to War

FDR Goes to War

How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America

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"History books tell us the World War II economy was a boon, ending the Great Depression thanks to massive government spending. But the skyrocketing national debt, food rations, crippling taxes, and labor strikes of the time tell a story that is hardly the stuff of recovery. Instead, Roosevelt’s poor judgment and confused management left Congress with a devastating fiscal mess after the final bomb was dropped and ushered in a new era of imperialism for the executive branch. In this provocative book, Burton W. Folsom and Anita Folsom make a stunning case that will force America to take a second look at one of its most complicated presidents." -- from publisher's website.
Publisher: New York : Threshold Editions, 2013.
Edition: 1st Threshold Editions pbk ed.
ISBN: 9781439183243
1439183244
Branch Call Number: 973.917 Fol
Characteristics: xii, 370 p. : ill. ; 23cm.
Additional Contributors: Folsom, Anita

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chcarafa May 31, 2012

I was so happily surprised with this book. The Fulsoms aren't nearly as purely negative of their critique of FDR as one might imagine from the subtitle. However, this book presented a very balanced look at FDR leading up to and during the war. The authors certainly go against the popular opinion of FDR's unquestioned greatness. I think that both those that condemn and those that praise FDR, there is food for thought in this book.

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