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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hazel Rowley Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt'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 FDR's lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor's purported lesbianism - and many scandals in between - 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 FDR's needs; others claim that the marriage was nothing more than a gracious façade 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 convention - private and public - 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 Eleanor's conscious efforts - 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 evolution - 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stevi Quate | 2/18/2014

    " What a fascinating glimpse into this famous couple! Not only does their marriage defy conventions, but their marriage blows up myths that I held about these two. I loved reading about their independence and yet reliance on each other -- and loved reading about the historical period of his presidency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Ibert | 2/9/2014

    " Having little background knowledge on FDR and especially on Eleanor, I found this book very interesting. Decide for yourself if you think the marriage was indeed "extraordinary", but it certainly wasn't dull! I'm not a history buff and this book provided just the right mixture of history and personal anecdotes to keep me intrigued and glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberly | 2/9/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone wishing to get a unique perspective on the Roosevelt marriage. Rowley does a wonderful job weaving the personal details of Franklin and Eleanor's relationship among the backdrop of extraordinary historical events. Their union was so successful, in part, to the fact that they were ahead of their time with regards to the defined roles of husband and wife. Both Roosevelts defied their social standing by fighting for the "average man," a belief grounded in the conviction that power and influence demand a sense of stewardship toward mankind. I only wish that our current political leaders would govern by such convictions! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane S. | 2/8/2014

    " What extraordinary people they were. "

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