Court historian James MacGregor Burns assesses the variegated persona of the Liberal savior, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and finds him surprisingly similar to another great American of more recent vintage:
“By the end of his second term his bewildering complexity had become his most visible trait. He could be bold or cautious, informal or dignified, cruel or kind, intolerant or long-suffering, urbane or almost rustic, impetuous or temporizing, Machiavellian or moralistic. Most political leaders embody contrasting traits; the baffling question about Roosevelt was what kind of internal standard, if any, determined which of his qualities would appear in what situations.”
— Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom
Published in 1970
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