You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

In the hands of a more objective biographer the above might have made a better title for this book. Ever since Warren G. Harding hired Justin Welliver as a professional speechwriter you can’t be sure whose words you are hearing – JFK not only had his Pulitzer Prize winning Profiles in Courage ghosted but his entire inaugural address was the work of another writer. Even the best of them serve up soft soap and eloquence – and yes downright lies – in language that is meant to assuage more than it is meant to reveal. Give me a Truman or an Eisenhower who managed to mangle the language beyond recognition or be blunt to the margins of social acceptability but let them at least tell me the truth instead of one of these silver-tongued snake oil salesmen who make me want to count my fingers every time the shake my hand.

Together we cannot fail : how FDR led the nation from darkness to victory through hope, courage, and an unwavering trust in the American people Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2009 Terry Golway Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Political and social views Sources Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.) Accompanying CD contains corresponding speeches and addresses given by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his presidency. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

An uncommon portrait of Roosevelt’s presidency, in words, photographs, and his own voice

This vivid portrait shows a nation at its best and at its worst, through the lens of a president’s words during the first presidency truly impacted by the media age. An FDR biography unlike any other, Together We Cannot Fail offers a new view of Roosevelt’s transformation of an insular America into the world’s most revered and feared superpower. An exclusive accompanying CD integrates with the biography to reveal in his own words how he led the nation through the Great Depression and World War II to its “rendezvous with destiny.”

Historian Terry Golway brings alive how Roosevelt saved America from its worst fears and led the nation to victory in a cataclysmic world war and by doing so forever changed how Americans live and view themselves. Crafted from Roosevelt’s own stirring words, this unique biography shows how he invented and established the practice of the media presidency with his famous fireside chats, the first presidential speeches broadcast nationally from the White House.

Hear FDR speak to the nation in 30 famous speeches on an exclusive audio CD

For twelve tumultuous presidential years, Roosevelt regularly spoke to the American people, this man of wealth and privilege giving voice to the downtrodden’s American Dream. The first in a long line of media presidencies, Roosevelt’s innate ability to connect with the people remains the standard by which even the best communicators   are judged. Roosevelt’s words would define a remarkable presidency that faced and overcame the country’s worst economic crisis and a war to end all wars.

Together We Cannot Fail brings the president and his era to life like no other biography, combining the insight of noted historian Terry Golway with Roosevelt’s own voice in audio excerpts from his most memorable speeches and chats.


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