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Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley


So many words have been written about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that it seems unlikely there is much new to say. But Hazel Rowley has produced a fascinating and eminently readable account that focuses on the Roosevelt's marriage and how it evolved into a powerful partnership. I've read other biographies of each of them but the author provides new insights into the way their complex relationship endured in the crucible of the personal, political and wartime challenges of their era. Rowley does not shy away from questions of sexual intimacy and her conclusions are based on what can be drawn from the historical record and are not sensationalized. It seems difficult to imagine that the marriage as portrayed would have been possible in today's more transparent journalistic times. One is glad they both had enough privacy to carve out a life of meaning, purpose and accomplishment. Check catalog for availability.

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