FDR and His Enemies
by Albert Fried
Not since the Civil War was America so riven by conflict as it was during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency. His bold initiatives and his ... Show synopsis Not since the Civil War was America so riven by conflict as it was during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency. His bold initiatives and his willingness to break historic precedent in handling the Great Depression and the coming of World War II were challenged by giant figures of the era, powerful public men each with their own fierce constituencies. Albert Fried brings out the tremendous drama in Roosevelt's ideological and personal struggle with five influential men: ex-New York governor and presidential candidate Al Smith, the enormously popular "radio priest" Charles E. Coughlin, Louisiana's senator Huey Long, labour champion John L. Lewis, and the universally adored aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. A story of a critical period in this century's history, "FDR and His Enemies" reveals the intellectual, moral, and tactical underpinnings of a great debate in which Roosevelt always triumphed.