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F.D.R.: THE BECKONING OF DESTINY, 1882 TO 1928 by KENNETH S. DAVIS 936 pages. Putnam. $15.

The expectant father, James, middle-aged and anxious, was so grateful when things turned out well that he responded to the doctor's bill for $82 with a payment of $100. The Hudson River, Hyde Park, Democratic Roosevelts—as opposed to the Long Island Republican Roosevelts—were of course friends of that fellow New Yorker in the White House, Grover Cleveland. They sent a Dutch antique clock on the occasion of his marriage, and later, when their $100 baby was five,...

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