In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama by William E. LeuchtenburgIn the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama by William E. Leuchtenburg

In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama

byWilliam E. Leuchtenburg

Paperback | December 4, 2009

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A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and an appreciation of his continuing influence remains essential to understanding the contemporary presidency.

This new edition of In the Shadow of FDR has been updated to examine the presidency of George W. Bush and the first 100 days of the presidency of Barack Obama. The Obama presidency is evidence not just of the continuing relevance of FDR for assessing executive power but also of the salience of FDR's name in party politics and policy formulation.

William E. Leuchtenburg is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Title:In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack ObamaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.2 inPublished:December 4, 2009Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801475686

ISBN - 13:9780801475689

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Table of Contents

1. Harry Truman
2. First Republican Interlude: Dwight D. Eisenhower
3. John F. Kennedy
4. Lyndon B. Johnson
5. Second Republican Interlude: Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
6. Jimmy Carter
7. Ronald Reagan
8. Waiting for Franklin D.
9. Twilight
10. Franklin Delano Obama


Editorial Reviews

"William E. Leuchtenburg's close examination of FDR's presidential legatees has enabled him to demonstrate Roosevelt's enormous beyond-the-grave influence. In the Shadow of FDR is a fine, perceptive work that constitutes a valuable coda for New Deal studies. Several pertinent insights help to contribute to discussions of the role of personalities in politics. This book is a refreshing contribution to studies of the presidency."—American Historical Review (reviewing a previous edition)