(((Book))) ☝ Roosevelt's Navy: The Education of a Warrior President, 1882-1920 ⇦ PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free

Okay Something of a mix of potted biography and a discussion of Roosevelt s experience as assistant secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1920 The author obviously is a major admirer of Roosevelt and of big government It s not particularly insightful, the treatment is superficial, the author s historical judgment isn t very keen, and the sources are limited As an instance of the sort of shallow historical judgment, we get things like several pages of Roosevelt s affability, humor and good sen Okay Something of a mix of potted biography and a discussion of Roosevelt s experience as assistant secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1920 The author obviously is a major admirer of Roosevelt and of big government It s not particularly insightful, the treatment is superficial, the author s historical judgment isn t very keen, and the sources are limited As an instance of the sort of shallow historical judgment, we get things like several pages of Roosevelt s affability, humor and good sense in his first electoral campaign in 1910, but then we re told that he was an arrogant young man, apparently on the basis of Frances Perkins reminiscences published in 1946 Who could put any faith in such a source, especially when it conflicts with all the facts we ve actually been given He also takes at face value a later claim that at some point during his legal career before entering politics Roosevelt told some fellow law clerks the exact offices that he would later hold Such vaticinatio ex eventu is worthless, but the author not only takes this seriously but actually refers to it repeatedly as an indication of his beloved subject s genius The author cites a number of knowledgeable contemporaries e.g., Oliver Wendell Holmes as saying that FDR wasn t all that bright p 15 , but rejects this on the grounds of a fairly childish presentation in a high school debate pp 16 22 The author is clearly biased greatly in FDR s favor, and his judgment in this regard is pretty unreliable.The author is fond of concluding sections by saying what FDR learned from these events, but it s all made up by the author In fact, not only does he frequently know what FDR must have thought, but apparently he even knows FDR s thinking better than Roosevelt did himself Whether Franklin was conscious of it or not, his visit to Verdun would permanently redefine his unquestioning admiration for Uncle Ted i.e., Theodore Roosevelt p.232 Seemingly, what this means is that FDR had adopted modern, anti war sensibilities, even if he didn t know it himself What conceivable sense does such reasoning make The author is apparently a writer on naval topics, and his lack of familiarity with politics sometimes shows, with such absurd statements as claiming that Grover Cleveland was a progressive p 42 Readable enough, but not very insightful or instructive (((Book))) ☞ Roosevelt's Navy: The Education of a Warrior President, 1882-1920 ✗ This is the story of a very different Franklin Delano Roosevelt from the one usually found in the history books This is a much younger, untested FDR, a physically active, pre polio FDR, as seen during his early years in Washington, learning the complexities of gaining and exercising power as Woodrow Wilson s ambitious Assistant Secretary of the Navy He arrives in Washington as a somewhat shallow, inexperienced political neophyte possessed of little than a famous name, but by the time he leaves the Navy eight years later he will have transformed himself into a seasoned professional, wise to the ways of power, a visionary ready and eager to take his place on the world stageFDR s early years in Washington also include the most tumultuous period in his personal life, when, caught in a difficult marriage, he is forced to choose between his own personal happiness and his towering political ambitions He must deal at close quarters with Congress, with the Administration, with the military, with big business Lastly, but crucially, he confronts himself, learning something about his potential, his limitations, and his ambition Such self knowledge is perhaps the most valuable single gift that a leader of a democracy can hope for When I listened to the book review on Roosevelt s Navy on BookTV, I was amazed at FDR s love for the sea so, he became a Navy man And when he ran for president, many sailors voted for him including my When I listened to the book review on Roosevelt s Navy on BookTV, I was amazed at FDR s love for the sea his knowledge of the Navy I discovered how, as a boy, he read so much about history and its battles wars FDR found out that in order to have a strong military a country, like America, must have a strong Navy Then, he made up his mind to learn as much as possible about ships sea power so, he became a Navy man And when he ran for president, many sailors voted for him including my grandfather because FDR was a Navy man When the author read an excerpt from his book, his writing captured the beauty movement of the ocean James Tertius de Kay was very knowledgable about ships, the Navy, and sea faring The author read his book at the Roosevelt Reading Festival Every year, BookTV has covered this book festival at Roosevelt s Library Museum in Hyde Park, New York This year, the festival was Sat, June 21, 2014 it was finally aired on BookTV Also, here is the link to the festival forinformation, if you re interested I discovered if you click on Agenda in the center of the page, you will get their book list Enjoy And if you can find a link to see a replica of FDR s office or replica of his Oval Office in Roosevelt s museum, it is worth it I, especially, loved his desk Navy recliner, when they showed it on BookTV It takes you back in time to that era Note In the review attached to this book, I do not like the phrase difficult marriage because it implies excusing FDR for being unfaithful to Eleanor This part is simply a sad history I picked this up because it seemed curious that someone would write about FDR s Navy instead of that of Teddy Roosevelt The part leading up to FDR becoming Asst Secnav was truly awful I almost closed the book Besides, any FDR fan knows plenty about his time in that office his problems with Wilson and Josephus Daniels and the start of the famous Lucy Mercer affair Had I noticed the author s bio, I would have realized that a naval historian would have many not so common but fascinating things I picked this up because it seemed curious that someone would write about FDR s Navy instead of that of Teddy Roosevelt The part leading up to FDR becoming Asst Secnav was truly awful I almost closed the book Besides, any FDR fan knows plenty about his time in that office his problems with Wilson and Josephus Daniels and the start of the famous Lucy Mercer affair Had I noticed the author s bio, I would have realized that a naval historian would have many not so common but fascinating things to say From this book we see FDR s 1.0 version of Lend Lease and his complete understanding of all things Navy We also see his own experiences putting distance between his ideas and those of his idols TR, Daniels and Wilson Granted, the author s intent was to prove that FDRs time as Asst Secnav made him the War President he came to be Even allowing for the requisite grains of salt, this book adds greatly to understanding FDR I m glad I stumbled across it and evenglad that I read it There are an number of good biographies of FDR,and all cover this period of his life But, in the main, they tend to give this period short shrift in favor of his Presidential years This book takes a different look, focusing on how his work in the Navy Department influenced his growth as an administrator and the lessons he learned from observing others The Assistant Secretary of the Navy there was only one during those years was a highly responsible job for one of his years, and he proved to There are an number of good biographies of FDR,and all cover this period of his life But, in the main, they tend to give this period short shrift in favor of his Presidential years This book takes a different look, focusing on how his work in the Navy Department influenced his growth as an administrator and the lessons he learned from observing others The Assistant Secretary of the Navy there was only one during those years was a highly responsible job for one of his years, and he proved to be highly capable Anyone with an interest in Roosevelt or Naval history will enjoy this highly readable book Nice overview of FDR s early life and career While it is clear the influences his time as asst Naval Secretary had on his political development, the book feels like it is making a strong casual argument that his experiences directly led to his future political stances The story seems too simplistic. This was an excellent book on FDR s less famous career before he got polio This career was quite similar to TR s His tour of Verdun during WWI provided him with the wisdom that war was hell and not the romantic version of TR s. Well written combination of naval history and FDR biography good read author did solid research, provided many interesting facts I never loved this Just wanted to try something new, i.e history Did this nonfiction book really fast forward 19 years to end on a cliffhanger