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The Last 100 Days

The Last 100 Days

FDR at War and at Peace
September 2017
Not Yet Published
Hardcover · 320 Pages
$27.99 U.S. · $36.50 CAN · £18.99 U.K. · €21.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780465048717
Basic Books


A dramatic portrait of the end of Franklin Roosevelt’s life and presidency, and an unprecedented analysis of his vision for the postwar world The first 100 days of Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency are justly famous, viewed as a period of political action without equal in American history. Yet as historian David B. Woolner reveals, the end of FDR’s presidency might very well surpass it in drama and consequence. Drawing on new evidence, Woolner shows how FDR used every ounce of his diminishing energy to pursue the things that mattered most to him: the establishment of the United Nations, the reinvigoration of the New Deal, the possibility of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, and some quiet moments with his closest companions. We see a president shorn of the usual distractions of office, a man whose sense of duty and personal responsibility for the fate of the American people, and the world, bore heavily upon him. From his final Christmas at Hyde Park to his death on April 12, 1945, FDR strove to finish the work he had started twelve long years before.

About the Author

David B. Woolner is a senior fellow and the Hyde Park Resident Historian at the Roosevelt Institute and an associate professor of history at Marist College. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.