Favorite books of President Franklin Roosevelt

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Best books recommended by the 32nd President of the United States
Buy on amazon “If” by Rudyard Kipling
- from an article on
Buy on amazon “The Influence of Sea Power Upon History” by A. T. Mahan
- from an article in The New York Times
This 1890 classic describes the link between a nation’s dominance of the ocean and its dominance in world history. The impact of the author’s words can be seen in strategies developed from World War I onward, most notably in the decisions of two Roosevelts and Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm. Mahan points out the folly of such strategies as the interruption of merchant ship trade, and the double folly of attempting to preserve force while attaining large objectives. Beyond the more commonly known tactic during the Napoleonic wars and the American struggle for revolution, there are a few chapters on battles in the Caribbean and Indian waters that bear a closer look.
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