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The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 8. April 2014

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"No one has ever loved a nation more or spanked it harder for straying from its premise than Harvey Kaye. Read The Fight for the Four Freedoms. It contains the historical truths that will set America free." (Norman Lear, TV Writer-Producer; Founder People for the American Way)

"Harvey Kaye is the Indiana Jones of American historians. He claws his way into the past and returns with lost treasures. The Fight for the Four Freedoms is great history, as we've come to expect from Kaye. It tells a story that cannot be forgotten, of a visionary president and the generation he inspired to renew America and save the world. But it is, as well, a roadmap that can get this country off its long detour and back on the path FDR charted toward that freer, more equal and democratic America." (John Nichols, Washington Correspondent, The Nation)

“The Fight for The Four Freedoms reminds us that victory in World War II was measured not just in the defeat of America’s enemies, but also in securing the great progressive legacy of Franklin Roosevelt and the Greatest Generation: freedom from fear and want, freedom of speech and religion. As Kaye forcefully demonstrates, to safeguard, indeed broaden these freedoms is a challenge handed down to each later generation. This is a book by a patriot who invites his readers to share, to remember, to act and to be unafraid.” (William vanden Heuvel, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Founder and Chair Emeritus, The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute)

"Timely and inspiring" (Lynn Parramore, Senior Editor, AlterNet)

"Harvey Kaye has done it again. The Fight for the Four Freedoms reaches back into history - to Franklin Roosevelt's vision of a truly just and fair America - for inspiration about how we can re-imagine a progressive future. Just as he did with his important work on Thomas Paine, Kaye shows how the victories and defeats of the 1930s and 1940s - the struggle of our parents and grandparents - contain the bricks and straw for rebuilding democracy. Once again, he tells a spirited story written for you and me." (Bill Moyers)

"A spirited call to remember and act on the original progressive intent of Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms." (Kirkus)

“If you believe America desperately needs a great surge of democracy in the face of fierce opposition from reactionary and corporate forces, then remembering and reviving the spirit of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died 69 years ago this week, is in order.” (Moyers & Company)

“[A] rousing and readable history cum manifesto….In Kaye’s fierce vision, the Four Freedoms are not only a corrective lens through which to assess recent American history but also a vital promise, an urgent challenge, and a way forward.” (Rachel Cox Washington Independent Review of Books.)

“Kaye’s book will stir its intended audience, while illustrating what astute politicians and historians recognize: Political struggle is as much a battle over our past as it is over our present and future.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“[A] marvelous history lesson.” (The Oklahoman)

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, an award-winning author of numerous books, including Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, and a repeat guest on radio and television programs such as To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Thom Hartmann Show, and Bill Moyers' Journal.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen We have a great heritage! 15. April 2014
Von Artyess - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A wonderful book, beautifully written, about the American Democracy. It is a book that every American and anyone who doubts the resolve of the American system and its people's drive for democracy and equality, should read. I am 81 years old and I remember it all. Get it! Read it! I have never been so proud of my American Heritage. We could use another FDR!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rousing Must-Read Tale of History in Need of Repeating 19. April 2014
Von Nomi M. Prins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In The Fight for the Four Freedoms, professor, historian and patriot, Harvey J. Kaye pens an inspiring account of a critical time in American history, inspired by the important premise outlined by FDR that: “Freedom from want and from fear; Freedom of speech and religion” were crucial principals for all American citizens.

Depicting the battles that FDR so valiantly fought to make America’s “Greatest Generation” gain greater personal liberties and economic equality, Kaye shows us valiant political leadership in action in the post World War II period of the twentieth century. Tracing the decline of that vision and American promise from the Reagan administration in the 1980s through the current Obama administration (Kaye describes Obama as “not asking too much of America” but “asking too little”) Kaye examines the epic failure in today’s political process and elected leadership that has reduced overall financial security and individual freedoms for the general public.

Comparing the strides that FDR made for the country with the weak and anti-visionary maneuvers of recent presidencies, Kaye shows that the way out and upward for the population lies in our past, and that if don’t examine and augment the positive elements of that past, we are doomed to continue our current path of divergence from those Four Freedoms. This book is a must-read story of what we should all be fighting for today.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen implications for today's politics 22. Februar 2015
Von WEISFELD Glenn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Of the many virtues of this book, I would laud most highly its class analysis of the last half century of US politics. FDR boldly and honestly indicted the malefactors of great wealth who sought, during World War II, to place their own selfish interests above those of the nation. Professor Kaye goes on to document how these capitalists continue to combat the forces of labor and the ideal of equality in their ruthless pursuit of profit and power. The author's own University of Wisconsin System has just been gutted by Governor Scott Walker, who apparently seeks to do the Koch brothers' bidding and turn a great university system into a glorified trade school that would serve the interests of big business. This recent episode epitomized for me the contrast in values between those of big business and the rest of us. Professor Kaye explains that abandonment of FDRs' Four Freedoms and goals such as government-sponsored, universal health care; effective regulation of Wall Street; and massive public woks programs proceeded gradually but inexorably under the Presidents who followed FDR. Part of the reason for this abandonment was Democrats' focus on other worthy goals such as feminism, civil rights, environmentalism, consumerism, and gay rights. The error lay in not pursuing the interests of organized labor at the same time, with the result that working-class whites, especially men, drifted steading toward the Republican party. Given this policy vacuum, the GOP attacked unions; Governor Walker's attacks exemplify this practice . Now, in the wake of the disastrous mid-term election of 2014, we find the Democrats still playing defense and not calling for a massive jobs program, decent salaries for teachers, a modern passenger rail system, paid parental leave, Medicare for all, and all the other "socialistic" programs long offered in the European democracies. The Dems have also lost the "family values" issue. In their zeal to court single mothers and gays, the Dems have conceded the field to the Republicans' championing of intact families which, face it, make for the best outcomes for children. Single mothers and minorities flock to the Democratic party but whites and men offset this completely by flocking to the Republicans. Obama has only weakly advocated for progressive goals, having unceasingly tried to compromise with an intransigent, racist, mocking opposition party by adopting the latter's goals of budgetary restraint and continued massive military spending and adventurism. The solution that seems to follow from Kaye's analysis is to reclaim the implicit current goals of the Four Freedoms, including especially the right to a decent job, to medical care without a profiteering insurance industry, to free college education, to paid parental leave, to strong labor unions, and to excellent public services. Polls indicate that most Americans support such goals, but few Democrats follow suit in their zeal for Wall Street campaign contributions. What would FDR say?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No matter the POTUS we need focus on our four freedoms. It's paramount. 9. Oktober 2014
Von Jim McCarthy Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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An outstanding in depth analysis of FDR's "The Four Freedoms". Author Harvey J. Kaye is an amazing writer, and clearly the go to expert on the subject. Do you know what the four freedoms FDR espoused are ? Have they changed or been lost since FDR's day ?. This is just one query that must be examined inside this book. Author Kaye is clearly one of the most knowledgeable experts on FDR and his writings in the country today. From the beginning of the depression, through WWII, Korea, the "Happy Days" 50's, and Kennedy right on through to Obama we are challenged to not lose sight of our four freedoms. No matter how much the right wing wishes to spin it, we must be cognizant to not allow our four freedoms to be attacked. This book is so very relevant to life here in 2014, which makes it all the more reason to explore this part of our rich history. This book is not for just Democrats, it's an excellent reminder for any political party in the United States for what our country is all about. Progressives really need to take this book to heart, get back to basics and stop hiding. FDR gives us all the tools we need to succeed in 2014. Our democracy has always been a radical notion and FDR tapped into that like no other president before or since. So, do you think you know what our four freedoms are ? 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars. Without a doubt a must read. You should not be surprised to learn it's returning a focus to our four freedoms on a continual basis that makes our democracy not only better, but paramount to make it work.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A History as well as Commentary on Today's "Status of Society". 19. Juni 2014
Von Richard J. Vielbig - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am amazed how like the 1920's & '30's today's society has become. The "haves" have more and the "havenots" have less again. The middle class and workers across the country are making less and less in wages despite the fact that they contribute and are responsible for the profits which are "hoarded" by the management class including CEO's, owners, etc.etc.etc. Collective bargaining and the right to organize are considered "undemocratic" - despite the fact that these are the only ways for the working classes to improve their living wage and keep up with inflation and have an opportunity to live a "normal" life, etc.etc.etc.

The history of the FDR administration and the manner in which the citizens - the "havenots" - embraced expansion of democratization in the face of "unadulterated greed" on the part of the "haves" is refreshing, but unfortunately not accepted by many in Congress as what needs to be done to bring our country back into balance. Our society - and it seen that way by outsiders - has taken a turn for the "worse" - back to the practices of the '20's & '30's. A new "peaceful" revolution, like Ghandi and M. L. King advocated needs to take place to return a healthy balance to our society. Consider the fact that many of the representatives in our Federal Legislature are millionaires - a fact, not a myth, tells us change is needed and NOW.
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