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20th Century Presidents: Before and During WWII

Which 20th-century U.S. presidents most dramatically impacted the direction of the country—for good or ill—and its standing in the world? Arguably, every president has had a dramatic impact on the country, but some have loomed larger than others—and larger than life. This series examines four 20th-century presidents who left a strong imprint on America prior to and during World War Two.

Books in this Series

  • David McCullough, Truman
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on the Homefront in World War II
  • Kathleen Dalton, Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life
  • Kendrick Clements, Woodrow Wilson: World Statesman
  • Robert H. Jackson, That Man: An Insider’s Portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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