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Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    Progressive and Sophisticated

    As a lover of history this memoir has plenty of political insights. It's easy to see how this couple was so beloved in the public arena. But this was also a different time when the media respected politics and the highest office in the land. A visit to FDR's library, the first Presidential one in history would be a must. However, it's the progressive marriage of Franklin and Eleanor which makes this such a memorable read. Clearly way ahead of their time their commitment to other people formed an inner circle who loved, supported and protected them. This book is best consumed slowly because it is so beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Wonderful. Learned so much about the lives of these two and how they complimented each other. They had a unique marriage. This was a book which was hard to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2011

    A bit choppy

    I think the author is making a bit of a mountain out of a molehill in some cases....most of the relationships seem innocent. First and foremost I found the book quite disjointed. Some of the details seemed superfluous (the details of the comings and goings of Joe Lash for instance). The insinuations of the relationships seem over dramatized... I think it's more of an issue of context than reality. In other words, the context of many of Elanor's words would have been looked at as innocent in her day, but we don't talk the same way today because of how people perceive things so sexually in the present. I think this book only does a good job of painting Elanor as a very complicated woman who never really new how to have deep relationships and as being more than a bit strange, and Franklin as a typical male - a womanizer! I also thought that if the Roosevelt's had had as open a relationship as the author is pro porting, then the relationship with Lucy Mercer would not have had to happen in secrecy and she would not have been as deeply hurt. I learned so much about who Elanor was and what she did for our country and that was the only engrossing part for me!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    An amazing story, well told!

    The parallel and intersecting lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are told beautifully in Hazel Rowley's biography. The book chronicles this critical historical period and the marriage of the Roosevelts which played a pivotal role in American life. Ms. Rowley's story is rich and captivating. I can recommend it highly.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    An interesting read

    It was an interesting glipse into the lives and relationship of the Roosevelts. While I admire all that they did collectively, and individualy, there was a part of me that felt sorry for them. Their communial lifestyle masked a sense of loneliness. Theirs was definetly an unconvential marriage, but it wouldnt have worked any other way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2010

    Highly Recommendeed

    Very Interesting book.

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