By the late Robert H. Jackson, John Q. Barrett, William E. Leuchtenburg
Robert H. Jackson was once one of many giants of the Roosevelt period: an legal professional common, a nonetheless respected very best court docket Justice and, now not least vital, certainly one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's shut acquaintances and advisers. His intimate memoir of FDR, written within the early Fifties earlier than Jackson's premature loss of life, has remained unpublished for 50 years. this is that newly came across memoir. Written with ability and style, this can be really a special account of the character, behavior, greatness of personality, and customary humanity of "that guy within the White House," as outraged conservatives known as FDR. Jackson easily yet eloquently offers an insider's view of Roosevelt's presidency, together with such an important occasions as FDR's Court-packing plan, his battles with company the USA, his choice to hunt a 3rd time period, and his daring flow to assist Britain in 1940 with American destroyers. He additionally bargains an intimate own portrait of Roosevelt--on fishing journeys, in late-night poker video games, or approving laws whereas consuming breakfast in mattress, the place he usually all started his workday. We meet a president who's far-sighted yet nimble in attacking the issues handy; principled yet versatile; charismatic and well known yet unafraid to choose fights, take stands, and whilst worthwhile, make enemies. That guy isn't easily a useful historic record, yet a fascinating and insightful examine the most notable males in American historical past. In analyzing this memoir, we achieve not just a brand new appreciation for Roosevelt, but in addition admiration for Jackson, who emerges as either a public servant of serious integrity and ability and a wry, sensible, and fair-minded observer of politics on the optimum point.
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Attorney General Murphy was a Catholic. As Attorney General, it was not illogical that he should be promoted. The President told me that he intended to appoint Mr. Murphy to the Court and me Attorney General. I said, "Mr. President, I don't think that Mr. " The President said, "Well, probably not, but there are a number over there who can keep him straight. It's the only way I can appoint you Attorney General. I can't remove Secre- THAT MAN AS P O L I T I C I A N 25 tary of War Woodring at this moment.
I told the Attorney General that I was not accustomed to counting my chickens until they were hatched, and that while I had not the slightest doubt about the good faith of the President in making his plans, I did not count on its happening, and that I thought that he, the Attorney General, would be very unwise if he communicated that plan to a single human being. I said that although the President had told me THAT MAN AS P O L I T I C I A N 2/ the same thing, I did not intend to take even my best friends in on the information, for there was nothing more certain to stop a plan in Washington than to have it announced.
He turned me down extremely coldly, as I expected he would, but he knew that I was merely transmitting an invitation. 16 In his draft autobiography (1944), Jackson described how he and the President had been discussing FDR's plans for Murphy, Jackson, and the Department of Justice since late 1938: Murphy told me that he really did not want to be Attorney General, but that he really wanted to be Secretary of War—that he naturally was an executive and felt that he belonged in the War Department. He said he was only taking the Attorney Generalship by arrangement with the President as an interim appointment.
That Man: An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt by the late Robert H. Jackson, John Q. Barrett, William E. Leuchtenburg