As America’s longest serving President, it’s surprising how much Roy Jenkins covers in his biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
At just 170 pages, Jenkins may not have completed the book upon his death in 2003 (Richard E. Neustadt finished it), but he documents Roosevelt’s life and career concisely.
While I find much of Roosevelt’s pre-political life dry, the quality of Jenkins’s storytelling becomes clear as FDR’s career progresses. His analysis is rapid yet intelligent, particularly when the focus is directed on Roosevelt’s years during WW2.
Jenkins may have been born over a century ago, but his final writing continued to be relevant as he references political events up until the early 21st century.
The book gets better as it goes on.