Closest Companion: The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley

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For the first time in paperback, the highly acclaimed, remarkably intimate, and surprisingly revealing secret diary of the woman who spent more private time with FDR than any other person during his years in the White house. At once a love story and a major contribution to history, it offers dramatic new insights into FDR—both the man and the president.

• Bestselling author: Geoffrey C. Ward is an award-winning biographer of FDR and the bestselling coauthor of many books with Ken Burns, including The Civil War ...

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Closest Companion: The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley

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Overview

For the first time in paperback, the highly acclaimed, remarkably intimate, and surprisingly revealing secret diary of the woman who spent more private time with FDR than any other person during his years in the White house. At once a love story and a major contribution to history, it offers dramatic new insights into FDR—both the man and the president.

• Bestselling author: Geoffrey C. Ward is an award-winning biographer of FDR and the bestselling coauthor of many books with Ken Burns, including The Civil War and Baseball.

• Widely acclaimed: “A fascinating, very personal view of the man and his life” (USA TODAY). “A remarkable portrait” (The Washington Post). “A new mirror on Roosevelt” (The New York Times). “engrossing” (The New York Review of Books).

• Intimate portrait of a president: FDR trusted Margaret “Daisy” Suckley completely—she was allowed to photograph him in his wheelchair, was privy to wartime secrets, and documented his failing health in great detail.

• Major contribution to history: Daisy’s diary offers unique insights into FDR’s relationship with Winston Churchill and other wartime leaders, his decision to run for an unprecedented fourth term, and his hopes for the postwar world.

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"A remarkable portrait of FDR and the personal crises he faced during his presidency....Offers invaluable insights into FDR the man and the leader." — The Washington Post Book World

"A fascinating, very personal view of the man and his life." — USA Today

"Engrossing.... Ward has made FDR's story something no one else has managed to do." — Gore Vidal, The New York Review of Books

"A serious contribution to history." — Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439103142
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 180,213
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey C. Ward is the bestselling author of two books about FDR—Before the Trumpet and A First-Class Temperament—and the coauthor (with Ken Burns) of The War, The Civil War, Jazz, and Baseball. The former editor of American Heritage magazine, he is the winner of many awards, including the Parkman Prize for history and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Editor's Note xix

1933-1941 Our Hill: The Years Before the War 1

1942 The One Focus of Everyone's Eyes 145

1943 The Luckiest Person Alive 191

1944 The Whole World Needs Him 269

1945 There Is So Little One Can Do 375

Afterword 425

Acknowledgments 429

Index 431

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