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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph E. Persico Narrator: Ted Barker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was arguably the greatest figure of the twentieth century. While FDR’s official circle was predominantly male, it was his relationships with women–particularly with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd–that most vividly bring to light the human being beneath this towering statesman. It is no coincidence that Rutherfurd was with Roosevelt the day he died in Warm Springs, Georgia, along with two other close women companions. In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR’s romance with Lucy Rutherfurd, which was far deeper and lasted much longer than was previously acknowledged. Persico’s provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd’s estate that attest to the intensity and scope of the affair. FDR’s connection with Lucy also creates an opportunity for Persico to take a more penetrating look at the other women in FDR’s life. We come to see more clearly how FDR’s infidelity as a husband contributed to Eleanor’s eventual transformation from a repressed Victorian to perhaps the greatest American woman of her century; how the shaping hand of FDR’s strong-willed mother helped to imbue him with the resolve to overcome personal and public adversity throughout his life; and how other women around FDR, including his “surrogate spouse,” Missy LeHand, and his close confidante, the obscure Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, completed the world that he inhabited. Franklin and Lucy is an extraordinary look at the private life of a leader who continues to fascinate scholars and the general public alike. In focusing on Lucy Rutherfurd and the myriad women who mattered to Roosevelt, Persico paints a more intimate portrait than we have heretofore had of this enigmatic giant of American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Just when you thought you knew everything about Franklin D. Roosevelt, think again. Joseph E. Persico [is] one of America’s finest historians. . . . You can’t properly understand FDR the man without reading this landmark study. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University
  • Persico’s exploration of FDR’s emotional life is fascinating. USA Today
  • “Persico is judicious in his treatment of these sensitive matters. . . . He understands that Lucy Mercer helped FDR awaken his capacity for love and compassion, and thus helped him become the man to whom the nation will be eternally in debt. Washington Post Book World
  • A stylish and well-written book filled with interesting characters, marital dramas and spylike subterfuge. Chicago Tribune
  • A powerful narrative that rarely fails to pull you along to the next chapter. Louisville Courier-Journal
  • Utterly absorbing. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/17/2014

    " How FDR politically , socially , and emotionally benefited himself as one of our greatest presidents through his affairs of different women, and how Eleanor accepted it into her life! Amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeanne | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting perspective on the marriage of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and their dalliances with other women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chet | 2/8/2014

    " A wonderful read about a man with a most complex nature. The book really brought all the charactars to life without assingning guilt or shame on any of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 2/8/2014

    " I liked this book a lot. Poor Eleanor !! "

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