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Hail to the Chiefs Series: FDR's Third Term

FDR's Third Term
Richard Moe

On August 31, 1939, nearing the end of his second and presumably final term in office, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the Oval Office, contemplating retirement and the construction of his presidential library. The next day German tanks had crossed the Polish border; Britain and France had declared war. Overnight the world had changed, and FDR found himself being forced to consider a dramatically different set of circumstances.

In Roosevelt's Second Act, Richard Moe, author of Roosevelt's Second Act, takes us inside this turning point and offers a brilliant depiction of the duality that was FDR: the bold, perceptive, prescient and moral statesman who set lofty and principled goals, and the sometimes cautious, ambitious, arrogant and manipulative politician in pursuit of them. In the end, Moe challenges and illuminates our understanding of FDR and this pivotal moment in American history.
This free event includes a pre-event wine reception at 6 p.m.
HAIL TO THE CHIEFS is co-presented by the Truman Library Institute and the Kansas City Public Library and co-sponsored by KCUR's "Up to Date." The series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund Grants to the Truman Library Institute and Kansas City Public Library.

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  • Jennifer M.

    This event has been canceled on speakers request due to illness!

    November 6, 2013

  • George D.

    hate to miss but am otherwise committed. The series is great as I have been to several.

    November 4, 2013

  • Jennifer M.

    We can go to Denny's after the event and have some of FDR's favorites: scrambled eggs, fish chowder, grilled cheese sandwiches, or a hot dog. Some tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich sounds perfect for a fall night of intelligent conversation about our former president.

    October 8, 2013

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