Barack Obama, FDR and the Hundred Days: Join the Washington Book Club Discussion

What lessons can the new president learn from FDR?

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

For the launch of our new "Washington Book Club" feature, in our brand, spanking new weekly digital edition, I chatted with Adam Cohen, a member of the New York Times editorial board and author of the fascinating new history Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America. We talked about the lessons Barack Obama, his aides and the rest of us can draw from those historic months; and he has some interesting stuff to say about the comparisons between FDR and BHO.

You can read the piece here as part of our free digital edition preview package—I hope you'll subscribe.

And after you've given it a gander, come back here and join the book discussion below in the comment space—weigh in with your take on Cohen's conclusions about FDR, the Hundred Days, and lessons Obama can learn.

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