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A list of key readings about Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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  • Alter, Jonathan. The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006), popular excerpt and text search
  • Bellush, Bernard. Franklin D. Roosevelt as Governor of New York (1955) online edition
  • Black, Conrad. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, 2003. popular excerpt and text search
  • Burns, James MacGregor. vol 1: Roosevelt" The Lion and the Fox (1956); excerpt and text search vol 1; vol. 2: Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom 1940-1945 (1970), excerpt and text search vol 2; major interpretive scholarly biography, emphasis on politics; vol 2 is on war years and is online at ACLS e-books
  • Davis, Kenneth S. FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny, 1982-1928 (1972), popular
  • Freidel, Frank. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny (1990), One-volume scholarly biography; covers entire life excerpt and text search 2006 reprint edition
  • Freidel, Frank. Franklin D. Roosevelt (4 vol 1952-73), the most detailed scholarly biography; ends in 1934.
  • Freidel, Frank. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny (1990), One-volume scholarly biography; covers entire life excerpt and text search 2006 reprint edition
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns. No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (1995), joint biography by scholar excerpt and text search
  • Jenkins, Roy. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2003) short popular bio from British perspective
  • Lash, Joseph P. Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers (1971), scholarly history of a marriage. online edition
  • Meacham J. (2004) Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship. Random House. ISBN 0812972821. | Google Books preview.
  • Morgan, Ted, FDR: A biography, (1985), a popular biography
  • Smith, Jean Edward. FDR, (2007) 858pp. Most recent scholarly bio.
  • Ward, Geoffrey C. Before The Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905 (1985); A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, (1992), popular bio covers 1905-1932.

Scholarly secondary sources

  • Alter, Jonathan. The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006)
  • Beasley, Maurine, et al eds. The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia (2001) online edition
  • Graham, Otis L. and Meghan Robinson Wander, eds. Franklin D. Roosevelt: His Life and Times. (1985). encyclopedia by scholars
  • Kennedy, David M. Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. (1999), wide-ranging survey of national affairs by scholar online edition
  • Leuchtenberg, William E. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940. (1963). Remains the standard scholarly interpretive history of era. excerpt and text search
  • Leuchtenburg, William E. In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman (2001), his long-term influence
  • Parmet, Herbert S. and Marie B. Hecht; Never Again: A President Runs for a Third Term (1968) on 1940 election online edition
  • Ritchie, Donald A. Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932 (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr., The Age of Roosevelt, 3 vols, (1957-1960), the classic narrative history. Strongly supports FDR. excerpt and text search vol 1 The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933; excerpt and text search vol 2 The Coming of the New Deal: 1933-1935; vol 3: The Politics of Upheaval

Foreign Policy and World War II

  • Beschloss, Michael R. The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 (2002). excerpt and text search
  • Burns, James MacGregor. Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom (1970), vol 2 covers the war years. online at ACLS e-books
  • Casey, Steven. Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War against Nazi Germany (2001) excerpt and text search
  • Cole, Wayne S. "American Entry into World War II: A Historiographical Appraisal," The Mississippi Valley Historical Review, Vol. 43, No. 4. (Mar., 1957), pp. 595-617. in JSTOR
  • Dallek, Robert. Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945 (2nd ed. 1995) scholarly survey of foreign policy excerpt and text search
  • Heinrichs, Waldo. Threshold of War. Franklin Delano Roosevelt and American Entry into World War II (1988). excerpt and text search
  • Kimball, Warren. The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as World Statesman (1991)
  • Langer, William and S. Everett Gleason. The Challenge to Isolation, 1937-1940 (1952). The Undeclared War, 1940-1941 (1953) online edition. highly influential two-volume semi-official history
  • Larrabee, Eric. Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and Their War. History of how FDR handled the war excerpt and text search
  • Schmitz, David F., and Richard D. Challener, eds. Appeasement in Europe: A Reassessment of U.S. Policies Greenwood Press, 1990 online edition
  • Sherwood, Robert E. Roosevelt and Hopkins: an intimate history, 1950; Pulitzer prize; online at ACLS e-books
  • Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (1994). Overall history of the war; strong on diplomacy of FDR and other main leaders online at ACLS e-books
  • Woods, Randall Bennett. A Changing of the Guard: Anglo-American Relations, 1941-1946 (1990) excerpt and text search

Criticisms and attacks

  • Barnes, Harry Elmer. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: A Critical Examination of the Foreign Policy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Its Aftermath (1953). "revisionist" blames FDR for inciting Japan to attack.
  • Best, Gary Dean. The Retreat from Liberalism: Collectivists versus Progressives in the New Deal Years (2002) criticizes intellectuals who supported FDR
  • Best, Gary Dean. Pride, Prejudice, and Politics: Roosevelt Versus Recovery, 1933-1938 Praeger Publishers. 1991; summarizes newspaper editorials online edition
  • Conkin, Paul K. New Deal (1975), critique from the left
  • Flynn, John T. The Roosevelt Myth (1948), former Socialist condemns all aspects of FDR
  • Moley, Raymond. After Seven Years (1939) insider memoir by Brain Truster who became conservative online edition
  • Russett, Bruce M. No Clear and Present Danger: A Skeptical View of the United States Entry into World War II 2nd ed. excerpt and text search(1997) says US should have let USSR and Germany destroy each other
  • Powell, Jim. FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression. (2003), a rhetorical attack on all FDR's policies
  • Robinson, Greg. By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (2001) says FDR's racism was primarily to blame.
  • Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt's America, Mussolini's Italy, and Hitler's Germany, 1933-1939 (2006) compares populist and paternalist features excerpt and text search
  • Smiley, Gene. Rethinking the Great Depression (1993) short essay by economist who blames both Hoover and FDR
  • Wyman, David S. The Abandonment Of The Jews: America and the Holocaust Pantheon Books, 1984. Attacks Roosevelt for passive complicity in allowing Holocaust to happen

Primary sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census. Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1946 (1947) online
  • Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 (1976)
  • Butler, Susan, ed. My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Cantril, Hadley and Mildred Strunk, eds. Public Opinion, 1935-1946 (1951), massive compilation of many public opinion polls from USA online edition
  • Gallup, George Horace, ed. The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion, 1935-1971 3 vol (1972) summarizes results of each poll as reported to newspapers.
  • Loewenheim, Francis L. et al, eds; Roosevelt and Churchill: Their Secret Wartime Correspondence (1975)
  • Moley, Raymond. After Seven Years (1939), memoir by key Brain Truster online edition
  • Nixon, Edgar B. ed. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Foreign Affairs (3 vol 1969), covers 1933-37. 2nd series 1937-39 available on microfiche and in a 14 vol print edition at some academic libraries.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.; Rosenman, Samuel Irving, ed. The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt (13 vol, 1938, 1945); public material only (no letters); covers 1928-1945.
  • Zevin, B. D. ed.; Nothing to Fear: The Selected Addresses of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1932-1945 (1946) selected speeches
  • Documentary History of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration 20 vol. available in some large academic libraries.