Public Programs News and Events

Jean Edward Smith, author of “Eisenhower,” speaks to a standing-room-only audience.

President Roosevelt was an avid collector of books. His love of reading was reflected in the enormity of his collection of well over 21,000 books — now a part of the Roosevelt Library archives.

To honor FDR’s love of books and to celebrate the fact that a host of new books on the Roosevelt era are written each year — many based on research at the Roosevelt Library — the Library held the ninth annual Roosevelt Reading Festival last Saturday, June 23, 2012.

The well-attended program highlighted the recently published work of twelve authors — including Jean Edward Smith author of “Eisenhower in War and Peace” — and a special afternoon presentation by Franklin D. Roosevelt historian Joseph E. Persico, author of the forthcoming “Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II.” The Reading Festival was held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home and nearly 600 people attended throughout the day.

Joseph E. Persico signs copies of his books following his keynote address.

Other authors included John Bodnar, “The ‘Good War’ in American Memory”; Ren and Helen Davis, “Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in America’s Parks”; James Tertius de Kay, “Roosevelt’s Navy: The Education of a Warrior President, 1882-1920”; Michael Hiltzik, “The New Deal: A Modern History”; Mark A. Huddle, “Roi Ottley’s World War II: The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist”; John J. McLaughlin, “General Albert C. Wedemeyer: America’s Unsung Strategist in World War II”; Greg Robinson, “After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics”; Craig Shirley, “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World”; and Mary E. Stuckey, “Defining Americans: The Presidency and National Identity.”

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  1. Here are some books ABOUT Franklin Delano Roosevelt that are well worth reading for anyone who actually wants to know aboutT FDR:

    “FDR” by Jean Edward Smith
    “Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905” by Geoffrey C. Ward
    “A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt” by Geoffrey C. Ward
    “Franklin Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy 1932-1945” by Robert Dallek
    “The Juggler” by Warren Kimball
    “The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America” by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn
    “Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History” by Robert E. Sherwood
    “The FDR Years: On Roosevelt and His Legacy” by William E. Leuchtenburg
    “Nothing to Fear: FDR in Photographs” by Hugh Gregory Gallagher
    “Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom” by Conrad Black (this is a 1,200 page biography — it’s excellent)
    “Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox” by James MacGregor Burns
    “Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America” by Adam Cohen
    “Five Days in Philadelphia; 1940,Wendell Willkie and the Political Convention That freed FDR to Win World War II” by Charles Peters
    “FDR: A Centenary Remembrance 1882-1945” by Joseph Alsop.
    “No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    “Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship” by Jon Meacham
    “Eleanor & Franklin” by Joseph P. Lash
    “Working With Roosevelt” by Samuel Rosenman
    “One Christmas in Washington: The Secret Meeting Between Roosevelt and Churchill That Changed the World” by David Bercuson and Holger H. Herwig

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