Book Review: FDR Goes To War

Edge Induced Cohesion

FDR Goes To War:  How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, And Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America, by Burton W. Folsom, Jr & Anita Folsom

The more I read in this book, the less I appreciated FDR as a leader and the more I saw him as a malign influence on the history of the presidency after him.  I suspect this was part of the book’s purpose as a member of generally revisionist works on the leaders of The Allies of World War II [1].  What struck me in reading this book was how much FDR was to blame for many of the problems we face in our contemporary political culture, with the divide between pro-Communist fellow travelers of the Democratic party and their more conservative or libertarian opponents, the way that FDR sought to squelch the power of the press and engaged in promiscuous wiretapping that would have…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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