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Franklin and Lucy: Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in Roosevelt's Life
by Joseph E. Persico

Published: 2009-05-12
Paperback : 464 pages
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In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR's romance with Lucy Rutherfurd. Persico's provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy ...
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In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR's romance with Lucy Rutherfurd. 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 of the affair, which lasted much longer than was previously acknowledged.

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 contributed to Eleanor Roosevelt's eventual transformation from a repressed Victorian to perhaps the greatest American woman of her century; how FDR's strong-willed mother helped to strengthen his resolve in overcoming personal and public adversity; and how both paramours and platonic friends completed the world that FDR inhabited. In focusing on Lucy Rutherfurd and the other women who mattered to Roosevelt, Persico renders the most intimate portrait yet of an enigmatic giant of American history.

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Also read No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearnes Goodwin.
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  "Well-written study of how the many women in FDR's life influenced his life and U.S. history."by corron2 (see profile) 03/15/10

This book was generally well-liked by our book club but some felt it may have leaned toward justifying a "use 'em and lose 'em" treatment of women by FDR. The book generated some good discus... (read more)

 
  "Franklin and Lucy"by gdeming (see profile) 03/09/10

Provided a lot of insight on Franklin Roosevelt the person and why her was the way he was.

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