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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: April 2008 ISBN: 9781415950029
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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 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 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 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 Katie | 2/8/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Lawrence | 2/4/2014

    " I was totally engrossed in the intertwined stories of the women who were close to FDR. The author's writing style is so skilled that he "disappears," so that the reader doesn't notice a narrator's presence. FDR's stamina in dealing with his disability is amazing. Some of the women in his life are heroic, some are tragic, some a little of both, but all are completely fascinating, and the reader can find out about them without having to wade through detailed descriptions of politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/3/2014

    " This was really good and very readable. It explores the relationships of FDR with the women of his life and does NOT paint him as the great white father; the book deals more with the man himself. It seems that women adored him and that he expected and tolerated nothing less than female adoration. The book presents boths pros and cons regarding FDR's mother's control of his family, the status of his marriage, Eleanor's possible lesbian relationships, FDR's long term affair with Lucy Mercer, as well as other relationships (Missy LeHand & others) during his political career--which seems to be the only career he ever had. The book seems to tell the good and the bad about FDR while giving him full credit for his role in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/23/2014

    " Recommended reading, but my goodness, Missy LeHand was a pitiful woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/21/2014

    " An interesting look at the life of FDR. Being non-fiction it does get a little dry at times, but overall not a bad book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perryville Library | 1/21/2014

    " Against the backdrop of Roosevelt's 12+ year administration, Persico delves into his relationships with the many and varied women in his life; his wife Eleanor (an icon in her own right whose commitment to social issues, equality, and the forming of the United Nations mirrored her husband's), his mother Sarah Delano, Norway's Princess Martha, NY Post editor Dorothy Schiff, as well as cousins, aunts, and of course, Lucy Mercer. This rare look at Roosevelt and the women who shaped and impacted his life and presidency offers precious insight, sentiment, and depth as to the iconic figure of FDR. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff Ball | 1/18/2014

    " I'm probably politically biased about FDR since I think him and Teddy started some of the problems we're dealing with today, but reading about FDR and his various love affairs makes Clinton look like an amateur. Didn't know that FDR was a momma's boy though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosanne | 1/8/2014

    " It makes me want to read more about FDR's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie Martin | 12/24/2013

    " Amazing book! I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/23/2013

    " This book was a delight to read, and really helped me to understand FDR, a complex personality. I really liked the writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 11/16/2013

    " FDR was probably lucky that FB wasn't around then! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/12/2013

    " I gound this book hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 9/29/2013

    " A fascinating look at a surprisingly elusive public figure. The author also does of great job of remaining unbiased towards both Franklin AND Eleanor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shereese Maynard | 9/20/2013

    " I loved to see a different side of FDR. This book is a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Eliza | 9/20/2013

    " Gossip and intrigue - how could the wealthy and fortunate find some much time to juggle so many lovers? Maybe they would never have been who they became on their own. Partly pocked up this novel because my mother was born in the same hospital room as Joe Persico! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 7/19/2013

    " I have always loved this story about the decades long love and devotion...and longing between Franklin Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer. It has been written about many times, but never so focused and plentiful, I think, as it is told here. This was just good history and better entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wisteria Leigh | 7/5/2013

    " 2008-Spring,American history,Franklin Roosevelt,Eleanor Roosevelt,Lucy Rutherfurd,Hyde Park,marital relations,infidelity,biography,early reviewer,World War II "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/15/2013

    " This is the second book about FDR I've read this year. A truly amazing man, and this book looks at his complex personal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 4/25/2013

    " Sometimes I am sad when an author gives details about people you have held in high esteem and they are so eager to dwell on the flaws of that person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 3/6/2013

    " Very interestingly read about all the important women in FDR's life, the least important being his wife, Eleanor . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/10/2013

    " I could not put this book down once I started it. It is a fascinating account of the emotional lives of FDR and Lucy and Eleanor (and other women). It gives a good glimpse into the complicated psychological makeup of FDR. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RJ | 12/9/2011

    " Kind of okay. Dumped it halfway or so through. Guess I didn't want to know quite so much about with whom FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt may or may not have made out. Eh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 7/31/2011

    " Very good for what it is--a potboiler history of FDR and his mistresses. Think 1930s extended US Weekly story. Makes for a great summer read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shereese | 5/5/2011

    " I loved to see a different side of FDR. This book is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loreli | 3/25/2011

    " This is really about all the women in FDR's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 3/22/2011

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/29/2010

    " Recommended reading, but my goodness, Missy LeHand was a pitiful woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 8/30/2010

    " Very good for what it is--a potboiler history of FDR and his mistresses. Think 1930s extended US Weekly story. Makes for a great summer read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 8/25/2010

    " I could not put this book down once I started it. It is a fascinating account of the emotional lives of FDR and Lucy and Eleanor (and other women). It gives a good glimpse into the complicated psychological makeup of FDR. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/25/2010

    " I really liked this. It showed the human and emotional side to FDR. I was so impressed by his ability to rise above polio. It's unbelievable that the nation didn't know he was crippled. The stalker papparazzi we have now would certainly expose that as well as any potential love affairs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/4/2010

    " A fascinating look at a surprisingly elusive public figure. The author also does of great job of remaining unbiased towards both Franklin AND Eleanor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 10/6/2009

    " That president was a horny bastard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 10/5/2009

    " This is the second book about FDR I've read this year. A truly amazing man, and this book looks at his complex personal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/5/2009

    " A very good biography with a twist...how the women in FDR's shaped his life, thus the future of the USA. We all were aware of Lucy Rutherford, and the affect on Franklin's & Eleanor's partnership. However, there are other women who play a part in FDR's history. I recommend this book! "

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About the Author
Author Joseph E. PersicoJoseph E. Persico’s books include Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, which was made into a major television docudrama, and Piercing the Reich, on the penetration of Nazi Germany by American agents. He is also the coauthor of General Colin Powell’s autobiography, My American Journey.