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9780195168266

That Man An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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    9780195168266

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    0195168267

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-09-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

Robert H. Jackson was one of the giants of the Roosevelt era: an Attorney General, a still revered Supreme Court Justice and, not least important, one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's close friends and advisers. His intimate memoir of FDR, written in the early 1950s before Jackson's untimelydeath, has remained unpublished for fifty years. Here is that newly discovered memoir. Written with skill and grace, this is truly a unique account of the personality, conduct, greatness of character, and common humanity of "that man in the White House," as outraged conservatives called FDR. Jackson simply but eloquently provides an insider's view of Roosevelt's presidency,including such crucial events as FDR's Court-packing plan, his battles with corporate America, his decision to seek a third term, and his bold move to aid Britain in 1940 with American destroyers. He also offers an intimate personal portrait of Roosevelt--on fishing trips, in late-night poker games,or approving legislation while eating breakfast in bed, where he routinely began his workday. We meet a president who is far-sighted but nimble in attacking the problems at hand; principled but flexible; charismatic and popular but unafraid to pick fights, take stands, and when necessary, makeenemies. That Man is not simply a valuable historical document, but an engaging and insightful look at one of the most remarkable men in American history. In reading this memoir, we gain not only a new appreciation for Roosevelt, but also admiration for Jackson, who emerges as both a public servant ofgreat integrity and skill and a wry, shrewd, and fair-minded observer of politics at the highest level.

Author Biography


Robert H. Jackson was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1941 to his death in 1954. A major figure in American legal history, he also served as Solicitor General and Attorney General of the United States, and the American Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial. Author of the best-selling The Nurnberg Case, he is considered by many to be the finest writer ever to sit on the Supreme Court. John Q. Barrett is Professor of Law at St. John's University in New York and Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York. He formerly served in the office of Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh investigating Iran-Contra, and in the U.S. Department of Justice. He discovered the manuscript of That Man among Jackson's papers while researching a biography of the Justice. William E. Leuchtenburg, the leading historian of Roosevelt and the New Deal, has contributed a foreword discussing Jackson's relationship with FDR.

Table of Contents

Foreword by William E. Leuchtenburg vii
Introduction by John Q. Barrett xiii
Introduction 1(10)
1 'That Man in the White House 11(6)
2 'That Man as Politician 17(42)
3 'That Man as Lawyer 59(16)
4 'That Man as Commander-in-Chief 75(36)
5 'That Man as Administrator 111(8)
6 That Man as Economist 119(16)
7 That Man as Companion and Sportsman 135(22)
8 That Man as Leader of the Masses 157(8)
Epilogue 165(8)
Biographical Sketches 173(40)
Notes 213(48)
Bibliographical Essay 261(6)
Acknowledgments 267(4)
Index 271

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