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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Collier Narrator: Jeff Riggenbac Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The story of the Roosevelts is usually seen as a tale of two presidents—Theodore and Franklin—separated by time and politics, and of two families—the Oyster Bay and Hyde Park branches—that had little to do with each other. Collier and Horowitz paint an explosive new portrait which offers a completely unique view of America’s longest lasting and most powerful dynasty.

In this brilliant biography, we are given a look inside a family divided—two branches involved in an epic battle for the family legacy. We see for the first time how the ideals of two presidents were passed on to members of later generations, ennobling some and crushing others. The Roosevelts is a rare look at what brought this exceptional group of people together and what drove them apart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing...one comes to understand that Theodore Roosevelt belonged to an age that was dying, though he was perhaps its finest expression. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for all his character flaws, was perfectly suited to the new age that had begun.”

    Patrick Buchanan

  • “Fascinating reading...evenhanded descriptions are not gradually a virtue of popular history, but they are only the most remarkable of the many virtues of this one...Truly first-rate.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “As deftly organized, smoothly written, and psychologically penetrating as any of its predecessors.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Collier and Horowitz have performed the extraordinary task of…deconstructing the densely packed array of ambitions, anxieties, responsibilities, traumas, and opportunities thrown on the rich and famous from birth.”

    Washington Monthly

  • “[Collier] spices every page with tidbits that make the book a pleasure instead of a history lesson.”

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • The Roosevelts reads like a novel, rife with lively characters and intriguing circumstances…[Jeff Riggenbach’s] sincere yet alluring presentation gives listeners an aloof intimacy with their subjects, feeling all at once part of the family yet grateful for the detachment. This production stands out as a model for audio biography.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 12/4/2013

    " Phew. Theodore and Franklin sure had dysfunctional families. This book gives a good overview of the target's lives as well as their kids' lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 8/12/2012

    " I liked both Roosevelt and Kennedy, because he writes more about the people rather than just the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 6/11/2012

    " Alright, so it's history gossip, but its pretty compelling stuff. Very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Timothy | 3/3/2012

    " A great account of the Roosevelt family including both Theodore's and FDR's side of the family. "

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About the Author

Peter Collier has worked as an author and editor for over forty years. During that time, he has written novels, short stories and screenplays, along with bestselling biographies. His works include The Kennedys: An American Dream and The Anti-Chomsky Reader, both with David Horowitz.