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Eleanor and Franklin

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Eleanor and Franklin is one of the most highly acclaimed biographies written in recent times. Its author, Joseph Lash, won the Pulitzer and National Book Award in biography, as well as the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. Its focus is Eleanor Roosevelt and her complex relationship with FDR. Based on her personal papers and ranging from her birth in 1884 to the death of her husband in 1945, this fascinating study reveals new dimensions in a marriage ...
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Overview

Eleanor and Franklin is one of the most highly acclaimed biographies written in recent times. Its author, Joseph Lash, won the Pulitzer and National Book Award in biography, as well as the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. Its focus is Eleanor Roosevelt and her complex relationship with FDR. Based on her personal papers and ranging from her birth in 1884 to the death of her husband in 1945, this fascinating study reveals new dimensions in a marriage that had a significant impact on the course of American history.

Written with great insight and sensitivity by an author who was a close friend of Mrs. Roosevelt's for over twenty years, the volume explores the personal, familial and social influences that shaped Eleanor and prepared her for role as first lady and chief counselor to the president. In many ways Eleanor was her husband's conscience. Her idealism dictated the terms of the complex partnership she evolved with her husband during his rise through local and national politics.

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Editorial Reviews

Arthur Schlesinger
“A beautiful book—beautiful in its scholarship, insight, objectivity and candor…immense subtlety, sensibility and honesty.”
The New Yorker
“An exceptionally candid, exhaustive . . . heartrending book.”
New York Times
“The intimate chronicle of a woman and a marriage. . . . Here is one of the great and moving stories of our time—a masterpiece of vivid evocation and sympathetic understanding.”
Marya Mannes - The Atlantic
“Wholly absorbing and richly documented.”
Jean Stafford - Vogue
“So engrossing and complex that it reads like a work of fiction.”
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Based on the former first lady's personal papers, and covering the period from her birth in 1884 to the death of her husband in 1945, this fascinating study uncovers new dimensions of a marriage that had a significant impact on the course of American history. Focusing on Eleanor, award-winning author Joseph Lash provides a rare look at how she emerged as a spirited and powerful woman in her own right during the White House years as it reveals behind-the-scenes decision making thorugh the various stages of Franklin's political career and the crises of the Depression and World War II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451165169
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/21/1976
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph P. Lash (1909–1987) was secretary and confidant to Eleanor Roosevelt and the author of numerous acclaimed books.
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