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Franklin and Eleanor
An Extraordinary Marriage
by Hazel Rowley
- Language: english
- ISBN: 9780374158576 (0374158576)
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Genres: biography, history, politics, historical, presidents
- Release date: October 26, 2010
- Format: hardcover, 368 pages
- Author: Hazel Rowley
- Awards: Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) for Biography (2012)
About The Book
Franklin Delano and Eleanor Rooseveltâ€™s marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDRâ€™s lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanorâ€™s purported lesbianismâ€”and many scandals in betweenâ€”the American public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals. Some claim that Eleanor sacrificed her personal happiness to accommodate FDRâ€™s needs; others claim that the marriage was nothing more than a gracious faÃ§ade for political convenience. No one has told the full story until now.
In this groundbreaking new account of the marriage, Hazel Rowley describes the remarkable courage and lack of conventionâ€”private and publicâ€”that kept FDR and Eleanor together. She reveals a partnership that was both supportive and daring. Franklin, especially, knew what he owed to Eleanor, who was not so much behind the scenes as heavily engaged in them. Their relationship was the product of FDR and Eleanorâ€™s conscious effortsâ€”a partnership that they created according to their own ambitions and needs.
In this dramatic and vivid narrative, set against the great upheavals of the Depression and World War II, Rowley paints a portrait of a tender lifelong companionship, born of mutual admiration and compassion. Most of all, she depicts an extraordinary evolutionâ€”from conventional Victorian marriage to the bold and radical partnership that has made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt go down in history as one of the most inspiring and fascinating couples of all time.
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