Picks and Pans Review: Fdr: a Centenary Remembrance

updated 01/25/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/25/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Joseph Alsop

This is a picture book with text by the noted Washington newsman. Alsop, 71, has some fond, if uncritical, memories about the late President Roosevelt, who was born in 1882. FDR was a beautiful baby and an astonishingly handsome young man, with his hair parted in the middle in the day's style. His was a privileged world of prep school and Harvard. Witnesses at his wedding to his cousin Eleanor were Theodore Roosevelt and his wife, Edith Kermit. The minister was Groton headmaster Endicott Peabody. During FDR's lifetime newspapers never ran photographs that indicated just how crippled from polio he was. This book shows him being supported by two men, on crutches, and swinging himself down a special ramp at the White House. For Alsop: "Hope was in fact Franklin Roosevelt's greatest gift to his fellow Americans. Partly he gave us hope by his deeds, when he came to office in a time that seemed utterly devoid of hope. But even more, he gave us hope because all could see that he himself felt not the slightest doubt about the future at any time in his years as President." (Viking, $25)

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