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Author of new book on FDR's last 100 days to lecture on Feb. 21

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David B Woolner - THE LAST 100 DAYS

Roosevelt University will host a discussion and book signing for The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace with author and historian David Woolner at 4.30 p.m., Feb. 21 at the University, 430 S. Michigan, Chicago.

Many Americans and people around the world remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous first 100 days in office, but few are aware of the many challenges he faced in the final months of his presidency, which is the focus of the new book released in December 2017.

A senior fellow and resident historian at Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, New York, Woolner is expected to share many little known facts about FDR, his personal life, declining health and diplomatic efforts during his final months as president.

“This book provides insight on how Roosevelt navigated difficult terrain during the final months of World War II and showcases his superb leadership.  It also serves to emphasize the long arc of his leadership, which progressed from FDR’s first 100 days in 1933 to his last 100 days in 1945.  Through Woolner’s study, we appreciate the incredible mark FDR left on the world,” said Margaret Rung, professor of history and director of the Center for New Deal Studies at Roosevelt University.

“There is no more appropriate venue for this book discussion than Roosevelt University, which was named for FDR shortly after he died in 1945,” said Rung. “The timing for this book and discussion is also apt because it shines a light on how much political skill it takes for a president to make a positive difference in the world.”

Among many highlights, the new book cites confidential memos from Roosevelt’s doctors, recently declassified records from the Office of Strategic Services, as well as previously unreleased information from the president’s daily calendar and contact list.

Woolner pulls back the curtain on everything from Roosevelt’s private life to what was involved in facing Stalin at the Yalta Conference in 1945.  Accounts of FDR pushing for the establishment of the United Nations and the president’s support for the creation of a homeland for Jews in Palestine are featured as well in the book, which has received rave reviews from critics and historians alike who cite both its “precision” and “authenticity.”

Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Center for New Deal Studies, the event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Margaret Rung at or call 312-341-3724.

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