Books: F.D.R. Under a Microscope

THE ROOSEVELT LEADERSHIP: 1933-1945 (491 pp.)—Edgar Eugene Robinson—Lippincott ($6).

At his death four years ago, J. Brooks B. Parker, Philadelphia insurance man, left an unusual bequest. He set aside $25,000 for a "contemporary appraisement . . . without fear, favor or prejudice" of the influence of Franklin D. Roosevelt on the U.S. The appraiser chosen by the Parker executors: Edgar Eugene Robinson, now 68, longtime professor of American political history at Stanford, and founder of that university's Institute of American History. Professor Robinson does more than fulfill the terms of the Parker...

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