To the millions of Americans who had lost their jobs, their life savings, and their hope, the words of the newly inaugurated 32nd president came as a source of both comfort and inspiration. "The only thing we have to fear," Franklin Delano Roosevelt assured a nation in the throes of the Great Depression, "is fear itself." America took strength from its leader's confidence-which Roosevelt had displayed since childhood and which his doting parents had constantly nurtured. As a boy he had almost no contact with people outside his parents' upper-class social circle, but as president Franklin Roosevelt would do more for the poor and working class than perhaps any other chief executive, including the creation of Social Security. This book examines the pivotal early years of America's only four-term president, who led his countrymen through the depression and rallied them to face the challenge of World War II.
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