On the election that solidified the New Deal.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated at his desk. (Getty Images)
Roosevelt Sweeps Nation: FDR’s 1936 Landslide and the Triumph of the Liberal Ideal by David Pietrusza (2022, Diversion Books), 544 pages.
It’s no easy task to write an authoritative book on something as large and complex as a United States presidential election. That is what David Pietrusza has done. His sixth and latest book, Roosevelt Sweeps Nation: FDR’s 1936 Landslide and the Triumph of the Liberal Ideal, chronicles the electoral mandate that catapulted Franklin Delano Roosevelt into a second term and permanently entrenched the New Deal as part of the American political and economic system.