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By Ray on 10-21-10
Good summary of a pivotal time.
While not very deep, this book presents a balanced overview of the Roosevelt presidency and provides a good jumping off point for those (like myself) who are interested in exploring selected topics from this era in greater detail. "Freedom from Fear" provides a balanced view of FDR, citing his accomplishments, but not sugar coating the mistakes and personal flaws of this most controversial figure.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Thomas on 07-15-11
As good as it gets. Well read with a quick pace, the book moves quickly painting a panoramic view of these years, scanning across the US as well as its relationship to the rest of the world. Very rapidly paced, well research, outstandingly read and presented. A great part of the Oxford history series. highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By W. F. Rucker on 01-05-11
Well done, But a little off target
There was too much emphasis on statistics and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this book for my taste. I wanted to hear what the times were like in the words of people who lived through them.The author chose to portray the select circle of the movers and shakers. The book that was written was well done. The writing had a good flow and there were many interesting details about events and people. The author went out of his way to give Herbert Hoover credit for being a good President who was overwhelmed by circumstances. Many of the issues of the times were set forth well.It was made clear that Roosevelt suffered a long term loss in prestige when he proposed the court packing plan. I have enjoyed the Oxford series and several are outstanding books. I didn't think this was one of the best but it is a well written and thoroughly researched work of history. The narrator was competent, not particularly good or bad.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Wiregrass18 on 07-31-11
An amazing achievement
This is an impressive work of scholarship, ranging across many different facets of the Depression and World War II and doing it so well that it is easy to see why it won the Pulitzer. I learned so much about the roots of our own time that I want to order the hard copy and reread substantial sections to reflect more on what Kennedy has to say. And Tom Weiner's reading is perfect.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By E. Heard on 04-02-13
Not what you learned in high school
If you could sum up Freedom from Fear in three words, what would they be?
Informative, absorbing, defiinitive
What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?
Tom had to read a lot. His voice did not get tiring. He pronounced words very well.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This is 32 hours of audio, a real bargain in cost per minute terms! I really want to listen to it again! You will learn a lot about this era and it is delivered rapidly.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful