The Fireside Chats: Franklin Roosevelt
The Fireside Chats: Franklin Roosevelt
The Fireside Chats: Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Fireside Chats: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Features Franklin Delano Roosevelt´s Fireside Chats that were used to inform and build support for his presidency. From 1933 to 1945, families would gather around their living room radio to listen to the president explain everything from why he was closing banks to declaring war on Japan following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Produced by the Speech Resource Company and fully narrated by Robert Wikstrom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Wikstrom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010484/bk_blak_010484_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Roosevelt´s presidency was one of the most eventful in U.S. history. He took office in the midst of economic crisis: the stock market had crashed and millions of Americans were unemployed. He demonstrated an optimism and resolve that garnered quick support for his administration and for the programs that he called the New Deal. The first president truly to understand the power of the new mass media, Roosevelt rallied the nation through ´´fireside chats´´ on the radio and speeches on movie house newsreels. He was elected to an unprecedented four terms in office and helped the United States become the most influential world power. His accomplishments in leading the nation through depression and world war resonate today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Rohan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000338/bk_aren_000338_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
World War II from a Leader Who Saw the War from Both the White House and the Bridge of a Battleship Vice Admiral John L. McCrea worked with the president of the United States on difficult and unusual assignments, associated with royalty and world-famous political and military leaders, and he commanded the USS Iowa and a task force in the Pacific. Over the years, many urged him to write a book, and before his passing he finally recorded his reminiscences. Captain McCrea´s War captures his amazing tales from the World War II years. After the United States entered the war, McCrea served as a naval aide to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, where he set up the White House Map Room (later known as the Situation Room) and Shangri-La (now called Camp David). He supplied material for the president´s fireside chats, helped arrange the Casablanca Conference, and worked with such prominent leaders as Winston Churchill and General Douglas MacArthur. Despite his important work for the president, McCrea yearned for sea duty. Persuading FDR to release him from the White House, he was given command of the USS Iowa, the country´s newest and largest battleship. With his new ship, McCrea transported Roosevelt and the Joint Chiefs of Staff across the Atlantic for the Tehran Conference and fought with the Fast Carrier Task Force in the Pacific. Captain McCrea´s War ends in April 1945, when McCrea was summoned back to Washington after President Roosevelt´s death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009132/bk_brll_009132_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The iconic images of Uncle Sam and Marilyn Monroe, or the ´´fireside chats´´ of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the oratory of Martin Luther King, Jr.: These are the words, images, and sounds that populate American cultural history. From the Boston Tea Party to the Dodgers; from the Blues to Andy Warhol; from dime novels to Disneyland, the history of American culture tells us how previous generations of Americans have imagined themselves, their nation, and their relationship to the world and its peoples. This Very Short Introduction recounts the history of American culture and its creation by diverse social and ethnic groups. In doing so, it emphasizes the historic role of culture in relation to broader social, political, and economic developments. Across the lines of race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as language, region, and religion, diverse Americans have forged a national culture with a global reach, inventing stories that have shaped a national identity and an American way of life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tanya Eby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012112/bk_tant_012112_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A powerful history of the making and unmaking of American democracy and global power, told in sweeping scope and intimate detail. In the winter of 1936, Franklin Roosevelt remarked in a fireside chat, ´´I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.´´ Certainly apt in the midst of the Great Depression, the idea of a nation in the making still resonates today as we measure the achievements and shortcomings of our democracy. Over the 20th century, Americans have worked, organized, marched, and fought to make the nation´s ideals a reality for all. This shared commitment to achieving an American democracy is the inspiring theme of These United States. Acclaimed historians Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore and Thomas J. Sugrue forge the panoramic and the personal into an authoritative narrative. They give us insightful accounts of the century´s large events - war, prosperity, and depression; astute leadership and arrogant power; the rise and decline of a broad middle class. And they ground the history in the stories of everyday Americans such as William Hushka, a Lithuanian immigrant who makes and loses an American life; Stan Igawa, a Japanese-American who never doubts his citizenship despite internment during World War II; and Betty Dukes, a Wal-Mart cashier who takes on America´s largest corporation over wage discrimination. The history begins and ends in periods of concentrated wealth, with immigration roiling politics and racial divisions flaring. Its arc over those 100-plus years raises key questions: How far has our democracy come? Were the postwar decades of middle-class prosperity and global power a culmination of the American Century or the exception in a long history of economic and political division? Gilmore and Sugrue frame these questions by drawing the illuminating connections characteristic of the best historical writing. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanyin... 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008107/bk_blak_008107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two political titans forge a modern city and a vibrant public sector in this history of strong leadership at a time of national crisis. City of Ambition is a brilliant history of the New Deal and its role in the making of modern New York City. The story of a remarkable collaboration between Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia, this is a case study in creative political leadership in the midst of a devastating depression. Roosevelt and La Guardia were an odd couple: patrician president and immigrant mayor, fireside chat and tabloid cartoon, pragmatic Democrat and reform Republican. But together, as leaders of America´s two largest governments in the depths of the Great Depression, they fashioned a route to recovery for the nation and the master plan for a great city. Roosevelt and his ´´Brain Trust´´ - shrewd, energetic advisors such as Harold Ickes and Harry Hopkins - sought to fight the Depression by channeling federal resources through America´s cities and counties. La Guardia had replaced Tammany Hall cronies with policy experts, such as the imperious Robert Moses, who were committed to a strong public sector. The two leaders worked closely together. La Guardia had a direct line of communication with FDR and his staff, often visiting Washington carrying piles of blueprints. Roosevelt relied on the mayor as his link to the nation´s cities and their needs. The combination was potent. La Guardia´s Gotham became a laboratory for New Deal reform. Roosevelt´s New Deal transformed city initiatives into major programs such as the Works Progress Administration, which changed the physical face of the United States. Together they built parks, bridges, and schools; put the unemployed to work; and strengthened the Progressive vision of government as serving the public purpose. Today everyone knows the FDR Drive as a main route to La Guardia Airport. The intersection of steel and concrete speaks to a pair of dynamic leaders whose collaboration lifted a city a... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ira Rosenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013559/bk_adbl_013559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.