John Q. Barrett, law professor at St. John's University, will be
speaking at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan about Supreme Court
Justice Robert H. Jackson's
That Man: An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D.
Roosevelt (Oxford University Press). That Man,
just published in paperback by Oxford University Press, is the
previously unknown and never-published memoir that Professor
Barrett discovered, edited and introduced.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Lincoln Center
1972 Broadway (at 66th Street)
That Man grew out of a previously unknown,
never-published Jackson manuscript that had been carefully
preserved by his family for almost fifty years following his sudden
death in 1954.
Jackson, a dazzling writer, was one of FDR's closest colleagues
and protégés. In the book, Jackson describes and evaluates
FDR-"that man" to those who loathed him so much that they could not
bear to utter his name-in the various roles in which Jackson knew
and observed Roosevelt for more than 30 years: in the White
House, as politician, as lawyer, as commander-in-chief, as
administrator, as economist, as companion and sportsman, and as
leader of the masses. That Man is thus an outstanding
book about FDR-it probably is the final New Deal memoir, and it is
among the very best of them. That Man also is a contemporary
book about the presidency, character and leadership in times of
political division, foreign war, challenges to homeland security,
and threats to civil liberties.
That Man, first published in September 2003, was a Book
of the Month Club main selection and a History Book Club main
selection and is a Choice Outstanding Academic title for
2005. It has been widely and very favorably reviewed in many
major American newspapers and magazines, including The New York
Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The
Wall Street Journal, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic
and Legal Times, as well as in foreign publications.
That Man contains, in addition to Jackson's text, a
Foreword by leading Roosevelt and New Deal historian William E.
Leuchtenburg and an introduction, endnotes and biographical
sketches by Professor Barrett.
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