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Kenneth S. Davis. Invincible Summer: An Intimate Portrait of the Roosevelts, Based on the Recollections of Marion Dickerman. (New York City: Atheneum), 1974.

"For nearly a quarter of a century Marion Dickerman was a close friend of one of America's most extraordinary households–that of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. This memoir evokes those years in rich and intimate detail, recounting moments of triumph, heartbreak, anger and love among the Roosevelt's inner circle that the world outside has never glimpsed."

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Kenneth S. Davis. FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny, 1882-1928; a history. (New York: Putnam), 1972

"In this extraordinary biography, Roosevelt's life is set against the background and events of almost half a century to show how the man and his career were shaped by the world in which he lived."

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Kenneth S. Davis. FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny, 1882-1928. (New York: History Book Club), 2004

FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny won the 1973 Francis Parkman Prize. This exclusive History Book Club/Francis Parkman Prize Edition includes a new introduction by the 1990 winner of the Parkman, Geoffrey C. Ward.

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"Our last keg party in Princeton, celebrated the completion of the ms. which became FDR: The New York Years and FDR: The New Deal Years, Sept. 30, 1984. Flo was not strong -- Vi helped her -- but it was probably the best party in Princeton ever, among our friends."

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Kenneth S. Davis. FDR: The New York Years, 1928-1933. (New York: Random House), 1994

"In FDR: The New York Years–volume two in this award-winning four-volume biography–Kenneth Davis moves Roosevelt into the political arena, exploring his power struggles with Al Smith and exposing the corruption of the New York government by the worst elements of Tammany Hall."

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Kenneth S. Davis. FDR: The New Deal Years, 1933-1937. (New York: Random House), 1986.

"The third volume in this monumental biography of FDR chronicles his period of greatest triumph and adversity. Inaugurated in 1933 in the midst of America’s deepest economic and social crisis, Roosevelt responded with nothing less than the most far-reaching and radical series of federal programs in the nation’s history: the New Deal."

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Kenneth S. Davis. FDR: Into the Storm, 1937-1940, A History. (New York: Random House), 1993.

"Ultimately, FDR: Into the Storm deals with the coming of World War II and the great debate between adherents of national defense and isolationism. Out of this we see the gradual emergence of Roosevelt as a great leader, not only of his countrymen but, indeed, of the free world. The culmination of this volume of great narrative history is the hard-fought and distorted presidential election campaign of 1940. By the time of Roosevelt's victory, the first slow steps had been taken toward preparing the United States for the great trials ahead."

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Kenneth S. Davis. FDR: The War President, 1940-1943. (New York: Random House), 2000

FDR: The War President is dedicated "To Jean, for the last time" and "Special thanks are extended by the publisher to Ralph and Mary Ellen Titus for their extraordinary help in preparing FDR: The War President for the printer after Kenneth Davis's untimely death."

"Kenneth Davis has the rare gift of writing history that reads with the immediacy of a novel; and though the outcome of this history is well known, the events and people depicted here keep the reader focused on an enthralling suspense story."

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poster for the FDR Symposium, 1997
The Legacy of FDR: A Roosevelt Symposium, April 21-22, 1997.

"Kansas State University is fortunate in being able to assemble five internationally renowned historians, expert in the era of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for this special symposium. With the legacy of FDR as the theme, the symposium closely precedes the dedication of the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., scheduled for the first week in May.

"Its aim is to bring together distinguished experts in what, together, may well be the most extraordinary collection of talent on FDR ever assembled. A combination of scholarly accomplishment, accessible writing style, ease of manner, and effectiveness in public speaking marks all five of the speakers.

"The symposium reexamines the legislative and political legacy of FDR, especially including a reassessment of the role of government in the lives of the American people today. In addition, former Seantor Nancy Kassebaum Baker's recounting of the Roosevelt years with Messrs. Schlesinger, Leuchtenburg, and Davis adds an unusual record of "oral history" to the preceedings.

"All the visiting scholars are eminent historians well known and well versed in their subject. With a rich collective experience in public lectures, television interviews, and government agencies, each contributes a distinctive interpretation of the Roosevelt legacy."

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At the FDR Symposium, from left to right: Kenneth S. Davis, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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At the FDR Symposium, from left to right: Charles Hostetler, Kenneth S. Davis, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Julie Hostetler




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