Kean University Historian Authors Book On F.D.R.

UNION – Historian Terry Golway, director of the John Kean Center for American History at Kean University, recently published “Together We Cannot Fail: How F.D.R. Led the Nation from Darkness to Victory Through Hope, Courage, and an Unwavering Trust in the American People.”

This biography reveals the transformation of America into the world’s most revered and feared superpower through the voice of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


Combining selections from his famous fireside chats, the first presidential speeches broadcast nationally from the White House, the book shows how Roosevelt led a nation to victory in the midst of an economic crisis and a world war. Published by Sourcebook, Inc., Together We Cannot Fail is the third book in a series of presidential biographies authored by Golway. It is accompanied by a compact disc featuring excerpts from Roosevelt’s 30 evening radio speeches that aired between 1933 and 1944.

Golway, an accomplished journalist and lecturer, is a resident of Maplewood, N.J. He joined Kean University in 2006. He has authored 10 books, including the acclaimed Washington’s General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution.

Prior to joining Kean, Golway served on The New York Times editorial board and as city editor for the New York Observer. He was a featured expert on two History Channel series, Washington’s Generals and History of Ireland, and has appeared on several documentaries on PBS and RTE, the Irish national television network. Golway also served as a consultant to the Museum of the City of New York for its 2008 exhibit, Catholics in New York.

In 2009, Golway curated the exhibit Headline News: The Life and Transformation of the Great American Newspaper, a collaborative display between Kean University and Liberty Hall Museum. Since the University’s acquisition of Liberty Hall in 2007, Golway has also played a key role in archiving materials and has helped transform the home into a valuable historic resource that now serves as a venue for classes, lectures, and special presentations.

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