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Informative insights into the making of a president

Volume 15, Issue 1

May, 2009

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Shafer, R. (2009). Informative insights into the making of a president. Pacific Journalism Review, 15(1): 226-228. Review of The Making of FDR: A Story of Stephen T.Early, America's First Modern Press Secretary, by Linda Lotridge Levin. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Press, 2008, 538 pp. ISBN 978-159-1025-77-1
Author(s): Richard Shafer
Publication date: 
May, 2009

The Making of FDR argues that the image of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a modern, charismatic, and politically astute leader was 'made' in a significant way by his talented but non-intellectual press secretary, Stephen Early. The author, journalist Linda Lotridge Levin, clearly makes the case that Early played a crucial role in the Roosevelt presidency that lasted from 1932 until his death in 1945.