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His Final Battle - The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt

Joseph Lelyveld

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A New York Times 2016 Notable Book "By far the most enigmatic leading figure" of World War II. That's how the British military historian John Keegan described Franklin D. Roosevelt, who frequently left his contemporaries guessing, never more so than at the end of his life. Here, in a hugely insightful account, a prizewinning author and journalist untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced in tandem to their climax. The story has been told piecemeal but never like this, with a close focus on Roosevelt himself and his hopes for a stable international order after the war, and how these led him into a prolonged courtship of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, involving secret, arduous journeys to Tehran and the Crimea. In between, as the war entered its final phase, came the thunderbolt of a dire medical diagnosis, raising urgent questions about the ability of the longest-serving president to stand for a fourth term at a time when he had little choice. Neither his family nor top figures in his administration were informed of his diagnosis, let alone the public or his closest ally, Winston Churchill. With D-Day looming, Roosevelt took a month off on a plantation in the south where he was examined daily by a navy cardiologist, then waited two more months before finally announcing, on the eve of his party's convention, that he'd be a candidate. A political grand master still, he manipulated the selection of a new running mate, with an eye to a possible succession, displaying some of his old vigor and wit in a winning campaign. With precision and compassion, Joseph Lelyveld examines the choices Roosevelt faced, shining new light on his state of mind, preoccupations, and motives, both as leader of the wartime alliance and in his personal life. Confronting his own mortality, Roosevelt operated in the belief that he had a duty to see the war through to the end, telling himself he

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan Woren

Length:

15h 14m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:22


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:49


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:11


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:10


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:52


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:34


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:33


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:43


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:18


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:35


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:42


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:19


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:02


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:08


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:23


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:42


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:05


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:42


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:39


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:26


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:02


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:37


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:13


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:57


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:49


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:04


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:10


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:24


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:28


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:10


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:33


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:25


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:44


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:59


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:07


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:08


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:03


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:09


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:36


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:24


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:22


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:24


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:09


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:03


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:29


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:54


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

09:00


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:34


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:23


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:28


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:42


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:12


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:08


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:36


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:11


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:31


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:14


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:09


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

08:54


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

00:34