Friday, May 20, 2011

The Moral Conscience of FDR

 
One of the more interesting persons to emerge from Von Drehle's narrative was Frances Perkins, who is the subject of this well received book, The Woman Behind the New Deal.  Would make for a nice continuation of our discussion of the Triangle Fire.  Nice to see she was honored with a stamp back in 1980.

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  1. It appears that this is the next reading. Therefore, I sent a request form to my local library. I hope the print size will be large so that it can be readable.

    In truth, this appears to be a good read.

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  2. This looks interesting, The Roosevelt I Knew by Frances Perkins,

    http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/1,,9780143106418,00.html.

    Apparently not very many pictures of FDR with Perkins.

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  3. The Roosevelt I Knew by Frances Perkins will be available June 28 in paperback and ebook. I'm going by Amazon's information.

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  4. You can get the 1946 edition at abebooks for as little as $5,

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=frances+perkins&bi=0&bx=off&ds=30&recentlyadded=all&sortby=17&sts=t&tn=the+roosevelt+i+knew&x=61&y=6

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  5. Do we have a quorum for "The Woman Behind the New Deal?"

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  6. I think I"m the only one _not_ in, Gintaras. If I can squeeze it in, I will -- but I'm a little over extended at the moment.

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  7. I'll pick up a copy of the book at the library tomorrow and check as to whether I can read its print.

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  8. I've looked at the paperback in a store and the print was rather tiny for me. Not sure yet if I will be joining you, but if I do, I'll buy the kindle version.

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  9. Reading glasses, Marti. I had to give in a couple years ago.

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  10. ^ Reading glasses don't work for me ~ makes me dizzy!

    As for Downey, I'm in - just got my copy & will start on it right away.

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  11. I've been wearing reading glasses since my early 30's. I probably need new lenses. I wear them for reading on kindle as well as on everything else.

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  12. Sorry to say, didn't like the book and returned it to the library after reading about 90 pages or so. It was a bit too dry and wordy. Small print didn't help but that's my problem, not anyone else's.

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  13. Any interest in William Clark? We once talked about picking him up at some point. I still have this one on my stack:

    http://www.amazon.com/William-Clarks-World-Describing-Unknowns/dp/0300139012/

    In fact, I have a whole stack on my stack....

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  14. Sorry to hear that Trippler. I'm still waiting on my copy. Maybe To Kill a Mockingbird?

    Reading that Santorum felt that things were better before 1965, the year Medicare was created, makes it a good time for a "reality check."

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  15. I think I read that when I was in jr. high school, and still remember Boo Radley. It's amazing how a fictional character (and even his name) can stick with you after all those years.

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  16. Ouch - now I feel kinda guilty about returning the Perkins book. But if enough people want to read it, I can always get it back.

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  17. Nothing to feel guilty about, trip. I was planning on buying the Perkins book anyway. Seems only you and I had committed to the book. If there is a consensus for Mockingbird or some other book, would be glad to read along.

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