Bibliography: Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Author Title

Abbott, Philip

The Exemplary President: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. 

University of Massachusetts Press, 1990.

Alter, Jonathan

The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.

Simon and Schuster, 2006.

Asbell, Bernard

The F.D.R. Memoirs. 

Doubleday, 1973.


When F.D.R. Died. 

New American Library, 1962.

Alsop, Joseph

FDR, 1882-1945: A Centenary Remembrance.

Viking Press, 1982.

Angelo, Bonnie

First Families: The Impact of the White House on Their Lives.

William Morrow, 2005.

Badger, Anthony J.

FDR: The First Hundred Days.

Hill and Wang, 2008.

Barrett, John Q., ed.

That Man: An Insider's Portrait of FDR / Robert H. Jackson.

Oxford University Press, 2003.

Beilenson, Peter

The Wisdom and Wit of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Peter Pauper Press, 1982.

Beir, Robert L.

Roosevelt and the Holocaust: A Rooseveltian Examines the Policies and Remembers the Times.

Barricade Books, 2006.

Benardo, Leonard and Jennifer Weiss

Citizen-in-Chief; The Second Lives of the American Presidents.

William Morrow/ HarperCollins, 2009.

Beschloss, Michael

Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America.

Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Bishop, Jim

FDR's Last Year, April 1944-April 1945. 

William Morrow, 1974.

Black, Conrad

FranklinDelanoRoosevelt: Champion of Freedom.  

Public Affairs, 2003.

Blum, John M.

Roosevelt and Morgenthau. 

Houghton Mifflin, 1970.

Blumenthal, David and James A. Monroe

The Heart of Power: Health and Politics on the Oval Office.

University of California Press, 2009.

Boller, Paul F., Jr.

Presidential Diversions: Presidents at Play from George Washington to George W. Bush.

Harcourt, Inc, 2007.

Brands, H.W.

Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FranklinDelanoRoosevelt.

Doubleday, 2008.

Brant, Irving

Adventures in Conservation with Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Northland, 1989.

Brooks, Clayton

A Legacy of Leadership: Governors and American History.

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

Buhite, Russell D. and David W. Levy, eds.

FDR's Fireside Chats.

University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.

Burns, James M.

Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox.

Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1963.


Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom.

Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1970.

Burns, James M. and Susan Dunn

The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who

Transformed America.

Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001.

Carew, Michael G.

The Power to Persuade:  FDR, the Newsmagazines, and Going to War, 1939-1941.

University Press of America, 2005.

Cohen, Adam

Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America.

Penguin Press, 2009.

Collier, Peter

The Roosevelts: An American Saga. 

Simon and Schuster, 1994.

Crawley, Andrew

Somoza and Roosevelt : Good Neighbor Diplomacy in Nicaragua, 1933-1945.

Oxford University Press, 2007.

Cross, Robert F.

Sailor in the White House: The Seafaring Life of FDR. 

Naval Institute Press, 2003.

Dallek, Robert

Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945. 

Oxford University Press, 1995.

Davis, Kenneth S.

FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny, 1882-1928. 

Putnam, 1972.


FDR: The New York Years, 1928-1933.

Random House, 1985.


FDR: The New Deal Years, 1933-1937. 

Random House, 1986.


FDR: Into the Storm, 1937-1940. 

Random House, 1993.


FDR: The War President, 1940-1943. 

Random House, 2000.

Fehrenbach, T.R.

F.D.R.'s Undeclared War, 1939-1941. 

D. McKay, 1967.

Fenby, Jonathan

Alliance: The Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill Won One War and Began Another.

MacAdam/Cage, 2006.

Fenster, Julie M.

FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, the Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009.

Ferrell, Robert H.

The Dying President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944-1945. 

University of Missouri Press, 1998.

Flynn, Edward J.

You're the Boss: The Practice of American Politics.

Collier Books, 1962.

Flynn, George Q.

American Catholics and the Roosevelt Presidency, 1932-1936. 

University of Kentucky Press, 1968.


Roosevelt and Romanism: Catholics and American Diplomacy, 1937-1945. 

Greenwood Press, 1976.

Flynn, John T.

The Roosevelt Myth. 

Devin-Adair, 1948.


Country Squire in the White House. 

Doubleday, Doran, 1940.

Fogel, Nancy, ed.

F.D.R. at Home.

Dutchess County Historical Society, 2005.

Freedman, Max

Roosevelt and Frankfurter: Their Correspondence, 1928-1945. 

Little, Brown, 1968.

Freidel, Frank

Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Little, Brown, 1952-1973.

v. l: The Apprenticeship. 

v. 2: The Ordeal.

v. 3: The Triumph.

v. 4: Launching the New Deal.


Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny. 

Little, Brown, 1990.

Gallagher, Hugh G.

FDR's Splendid Deception. 

Vandamere Press, 1994.

Gellman, Irwin F.

Roosevelt and Batista: Good Neighbor Diplomacy in Cuba, 1933-1945. 

University of New Mexico Press, 1973.


Secret Affairs: Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, and Sumner Welles. 

Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

Gies, Joseph

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Portrait of a President. 

Doubleday, 1971.                

Gilmore, Matthew

Historic Photos of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Turner Publishing, 2007.

Goldberg, Richard

The Making of Franklin D. Roosevelt: Triumph over Disability.

Abt Books, 1981.

Goldsmith, Harry

A Conspiracy of Silence: The Health and Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt: Impact on History

iUniverse, 2007.

Golway, Terry

Together We Cannot Fail: FDR and the American Presidency in Years of Crisis.

Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2009.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Graham, Otis L. and Meghan R. Wander

Franklin D. Roosevelt, His Life and Times: An Encyclopedic View.

G.K. Hall, 1985.

Greenberg, David

Presidential Doodles.

Basic Books, 2006.

Guerrant, Edward O.

Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy. 

University of New Mexico Press, 1950.

Gunther, John

Roosevelt in Retrospect, a Profile in History.

Pyramid Publications, 1962.

Halprin, Lawrence

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. 

Chronicle Books, 1997.

Hassett, William

Off the Record with F.D.R., 1942-1945. 

Rutgers University Press, 1958.

Hollinshead, Byron

I Wish I'd Been There; Twenty Historians Bring to Life Dramatic Events that Changed America

Doubleday, 2006

[includes Geoffrey C. Ward's "The Sick Man in the White House"]

Hornfischer, James D.


Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors

Bantam Books, 2006

Houck, Davis W.

FDR and Fear Itself: The First Inaugural Address. 

Texas A&M University Press, 2002.        

Houck, Davis W. and Amos Kiewe

FDR's Body Politics: The Rhetoric of Disability.

Texas A&M University Press, 2003.

Howard, Thomas C. and Wm. C. Pederson, eds.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Formation of the Modern World. 

Texas A&M University Press, 2003.

Humes, James C.

The Wit and Wisdom of FDR.

Harper Perennial, 2008.

Hunt, John

The Essential FranklinDelanoRoosevelt

Gramercy Books, 1995.

Jenkins, Roy


Times Books, 2003.

Kennedy, David M.

Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. 

Oxford University Press, 1999.

Kershaw, Ian


Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941

Penguin Press, 2007

Kiewe, Amos


FDR's First Fireside Chat: Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis

Texas A&M University Press, 2007

Kimball, Warren, ed.

Churchill and Roosevelt: The Complete Correspondence. 

Princeton University Press, 1984.

Lash, Joseph P.

Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers. 

New American Library, 1973.


Roosevelt and Churchill, 1939-1941: The Partnership that Saved the West.

Norton, 1976.

Leuchtenburg, William

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940. 

Harper & Row, 1963.


Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Profile. 

Hill and Wang, 1967.


In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to George W. Bush. 

Cornell University Press, 2001.

Levin, Linda L.

The Making of FDR: The Story of Stephen T. Early, America's First Modern Press Secretary.

Prometheus Books, 2008.

Levine, Lawrence W. and Cornelia R. Levine

The People and the President: America's Conversation with FDR. 

Beacon Press, 2002.

Lippman,Theo, Jr.

The Squire of Warm Springs:  F.D.R. in Georgia, 1924-1945. 

Playboy Press, 1977.

Lloyd, Gordon


The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st century

M&M Scrivener Press, 2006, c 2007

Lomazow, Steven and Eric Fettmann

FDR’s Deadly Secret.

PublicAffairs, 2009.

McCullough, Noah

The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia.

Random House Trade Paperback, 2006.

McDermott, Rose

Presidential Leadership, Illness and Decision Making.

Cambridge University Press, 2008.

McElvaine, Robert S.


CQ Press, 2002.

McJimsey, George T.

The Presidency of FranklinDelanoRoosevelt.

University Press of Kansas, 2000.


Documentary History of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidency.

University Publications of America, 2001-2003. (40 volumes)

McKenna, Marian C.

Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Constitutional War: The Court-Packing Crisis of 1937. 

Fordham University Press, 2002.

McMahon, Kevin J.

Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown.

University of Chicago Press, 2004

Marks, Frederick W.

Wind over Sand: The Diplomacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

University of Georgia Press, 1988.

Meyersohn, Maxwell, ed.

The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Beacon Press, 1950.

Miller, Nathan

FDR, an Intimate History. 

Doubleday, 1983.


The Roosevelt Chronicles. 

Doubleday, 1979.                    

Milnes, Arthur, ed.

In Roosevelt’s Bright Shadow : Presidential Addresses about Canada from Taft to Obama in Honour of FDR’s 1938 Speech at Queen’s University.

McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.

Miscamble, Wilson D.


From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War

Cambridge University Press, 2007

Morgan, Ted

FDR: A Biography.

Simon & Schuster, 1985.

Nixon, Edgar B., ed.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Conservation, 1911-1945. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, 1957.

Morgan, Ted

FDR: A Biography.

Simon & Schuster, 1985.

Nixon, Edgar B., ed.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Conservation, 1911-1945.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, 1957.

Orgill, Roxane.

Dream Lucky: When FDR Was in the White House, Count Basie Was on the Radio, and Everyone Wore a Hat.

Smithsonian Books, 2008.

Perkins, Frances

The Roosevelt I Knew. 

Viking Press, 1946.

Persico, Joseph

Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life.

Random House, 2008.


Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage

Random House, 2001.

Peters, Charles

Five Days in Philadelphia: The Amazing "We Want Wilkie!" Convention of 1940 and How It Freed FDR to Save the Western World.

Public Affairs, 2005.

Pietrusza, David


1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

Carroll & Graf, 2007

Pike, Frederick B.

FDR's Good Neighbor Policy: Sixty Years of Generally Gentle Chaos.            

University of Texas Press, 1995.

Rauch, Basil

Roosevelt from Munich to Pearl Harbor: A Study in the Creation of a Foreign Policy. 

Creative Age Press, 1950. 

Reynolds, David


Summits: Six Meetings that Shaped the Twentieth Century

Basic Books, 2007

Ritchie, Donald A.


Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932

University Press of Kansas, 2007

Rodrigues, Luis Nuno

Franklin Roosevelt and the Azores during the Two World Wars.

Luso-American Foundation, 2008.

Rofe, J. Simon


Franklin Roosevelt's Foreign Policy and the Welles Mission

Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007

Roosevelt, Curtis

Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor.

Public Affairs, 2008.

Roosevelt, Elliott

As He Saw It. 

Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946.


A Rendezvous with Destiny: The Roosevelts of the White House. 

Dell, 1976.


An Untold Story: The Roosevelts of Hyde Park.

Dell, 1974.  

Roosevelt, Elliott, ed.

F.D.R.: His Personal Letters. 

Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1947-1950. (4 volumes)

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Looking Forward.

John Day, 1933.


On Our Way.

John Day, 1934; DaCapo Press, 1973.


The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  

Random House, 1938-1950. (13 volumes)


The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt Forty-eighth Governor of the State of New York, 1929-1932. 

J.B. Lyon, 1930-1939. (4 volumes)


Whiter Bound?

Houghton Mifflin, 1926.

Roosevelt, James

Affectionately, F.D.R.: A Son's Story of a Lonely Man. 

Avon, 1961.


My Parents; a Differing View. 

Playboy Press, 1976.

Roosevelt, Sara D.

My Boy Franklin.

Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, 1933.

Rosen, Elliot A.

Hoover, Roosevelt, and the Brains Trust: From Depression to New Deal.

Columbia University Press, 1977.


Roosevelt, the Great Depression, and the Economics of Recovery.

University of Virginia Press, 2005.

Rosen, Robert N.

Saving the Jews: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Holocaust.

Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006.

Rosenbaum, Herbert D.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Man, the Myth, the Era, 1882-1945.

Greenwood Press, 1987.

Rosenman, Samuel I.

Working with Roosevelt

Harper, 1952.

Ryan, Halford R.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Rhetorical Presidency.

Greenwood Press, 1988.

St. George, Judith


Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt

Philomel Books, 2007

Schlesinger, Arthur M.

The Age of Roosevelt

Houghton Mifflin, 1957-1960.

v. 1: The Crisis of the Old Order, 1919-1933.

v. 2: The Coming of the New Deal.

v. 3: The Politics of Upheaval.

Schlesinger, Robert

White House Ghosts: Presidents and the Speechwriters.

Simon and Schuster, 2008.

Schroeder, Alan

Celebrity-in-Chief: How Show Business Took over the White House.

Westview Press, 2004.

Seagraves, Eleanor R., ed.

Delano's Voyages of Commerce and Discovery: Amasa Delano in China, the Pacific Islands, Australia, and South America, 1789-1807.

Berkshire House Publishers, 1994.

Sherwood, Robert E.

Roosevelt and Hopkins, and Intimate History.

Grosset & Dunlop, 1950.

Shreve, Susan Richards


Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Haven

Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007

Sloan, John W.                                               

FDR and Reagan: Transformative Presidents with Clashing Visions.

University Press of Kansas, 2008.

Solomon, Burt

FDR v. the Constitution: The Court-Packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy.

Walker & Company, 2009.

Smith, Gary Scott

Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush.

Oxford University Press, 2006.

Smith, Jean Edward.


Random House, 2007.

Sribnick, Ethan G.


A Legacy of Innovation: Governors and Public Policy

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008

Swift, Will

The Roosevelts and the Royals:  Franklin and Eleanor, the King and Queen of England, and the Friendship that Changed History.

John Wiley & Sons, 2004.

Thomas, Bernice

The Stamp of FDR: New Deal Post Offices in the Mid-HudsonValley.

Purple Mountain Press, 2002.

Tierney, Dominic


FDR and the Spanish Civil War: Neutrality and Commitment in the Struggle that Divided America

Duke University Press, 2007

Trafzer, Clifford E., ed.

American Indians, American Presidents: A History

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 2009.

Tripp, David

Illegal Tender: Gold, Greed, and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle.

Free Press, 2004.

Tugwell, Rexford G.

The Democratic Roosevelt: A Biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Doubleday, 1957.                 


In Search of Roosevelt

Harvard University Press, 1972.

Tully, Grace

F.D.R., My Boss. 

Charles Scribner's, 1949.

Walker, Turnley

Roosevelt and the Warm Springs Story. 

A.A. Wyn, 1953.

Ward, Geoffrey C.

Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905. 

Harper & Row, 1985.


Closest Companion: The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley. 

Houghton Mifflin, 1995.


A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt.

Harper & Row, 1989.

Whalen, Thomas J.


A Higher Purpose: Profiles in Presidential Courage

Ivan R. Dee, 2007

Willis, Resa

FDR and Lucy: Lovers and Friends.

Routledge, 2004

Wills, Matthew B.

A Diminished President: FDR in 1944. 

Ivy House, 2003.

Winfield, Betty H.

FDR and the News Media. 

University of Illinois Press, 1990.

Woolner, David B., ed.

FDR, the Vatican, and the Roman Catholic Church in America, 1933-1945. 

Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.


FDR's World: War, Peace and Legacies.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Woolner, David and Henry L. Henderson

FDR and the Environment

Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.