We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am extremely reluctant to read Brinkley's work for two reasons. One is his shameless hagiography of John Kerry. The other is that he used to be the editor of a history magazine, name long forgotten, that I subscribed to. They rarely actually published and mailed out issues - IIRC correctly it was a seim-monthly but I only saw maybe three or four issues for my two-year subscription. It was a ripoff.
I appreciate your comments about the Roosevelt book. The Weekly Standard, 09/06/04, issue 48 casts some doubt on Mr. Brinkley's judgement when he speaks of his anger about the "false accusations made against Kerry's military record." He goes on to say "it's no secret I think he (Kerry) would make a first-rate president." Should we give Brinkley the benefit of the doubt by asking president of what?
It's sad in a way, since Roosevelt is such an intriguing character. For now, the Edmund Morris bio might be the way to go.