The Fight for the Four Freedoms
What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great
By Harvey J. Kaye
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451691436, 292pp.)
Publication Date: April 2014
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In the process they made the United States the richest and most powerful country on Earth. And, despite a powerful, reactionary opposition, the men and women of the Greatest Generation made America freer, more equal, and more democratic than ever before.
Now, when all they fought for is under siege, we need to remember their full achievement, and, so armed, take up again the fight for the Four Freedoms.
Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the author of numerous books, including Thomas Paine and the Promise of America and Are We Good Citizens?
"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