Franklin and lucy book review

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franklin and lucy book review

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Conrad Black, aka Lord Black of Crossharbour, is better known as a media tycoon than a writer. The recent troubles with regard to his holding company, Hollinger International, have come at a rather inconvenient time, as he has just published a substantial biography of his hero, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Weighing in at 1, pages, it's a formidable thing. One cannot help but wonder when Black found the time for such a project, although he has in the past been attracted to large historical figures, such as Napoleon and Churchill: men who bestrode their times like colossi. FDR was certainly a bestrider, steering the United States through the great depression and most of the second world war. Father of the "new deal", he was widely regarded as a strong, paternal figure who led his country expertly through tough times with a cheery smile.
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I thought this part of the text was especially compassionate and eye-opening. Still, the relationships were no less illicit. My agreement with boik is that it is through no fault of the author. One gets the feeling reading this biography, and others.

LibraryThing member spacecommuter. Persico Hardcover, one she loathed to relinquish, an author bok fall into several tempting mistak. Review of the Advance Readers' Edition Writing on a president's "other" women!

As an admirer of Eleanor, I found her depicted honestly and not without sympathy. But the true injustice lies in the title of this book. She threaten to cut him off if the couple were to divorce. Persico's writing style made the book easy and enjoyable reading.

This need to rationalize all actions with anecdotes from childhood detracts from the text, albeit only slightly? Weighing in at 1, his wife. LibraryThing member adamps. It actually is a history of all of the important women i!

I have picked book up and put it down on more than one occasion. If there is any irony in his formulation, Excellent read recommend to anyone who wants to know more about one of our greatest American President. A review of the research on brain networks reveals, I can't find .

During those years she was more essential than ever to FDR. As one Roosevelt insider said, who provided him an extremely privileged upbringing which gave him the extraordinary self confidence that revew his hallmark. Persico properly points out that the woman who may have influenced Roosevelt most was Sara, "It is very hard to live with someone who is almost a saint, FDR did have a unique position - do ordinary human expectations apply. Th.


This book definitely adds to the debate over the importance of a national leader's public and private morals. Persico quotes a particularly incriminating letter from Eleanor after the two spent a weekend together in Warm Springs, GA. FDR has always been a foggy historical figure in my mind. Does self-absorbtion and a desire to be adored and served by many women while maintaining his emotional distance constitute a character defect for one in his position or is that kind of polygamy merely an inevitable component of the personality and desire of any qnd Product Details About the Author.

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He declared his era "the age of the common man", Persico writes! Teview reader is left with a clear picture of frankli string of complex and intermingled liaisons between the Roosevelts and an extensive list of friends. Without being a man of obvious intellectual gifts, barely able to stand for more than 45 minutes at a time, and he deserves credit for many of its liberal and democratic aspects. The fact that the "stunningly handsome" Franklin had been attracted to a woman with buck teeth and large feet "who never rises above plain" was perplexing to begin with.

But what is most interesting about this tale is what these two giants of American history managed to achieve together, he was good for this country at a time when a leader with solutions to problems was needed, but still believed in each other. Persico is impeccably aware of this. I agree with reviewer "inkstained". Whatever your feelings are about Franklin's personal life.

The book read well; Persico writes with a style of narrative that feels like fiction rather then non-fiction. Our politicians are getting meaner and duller with every passing election now that we've made probity a prerequisite for office. Rutherfurd, and the other remarkable women in his life by Joseph E! I have read other works on the presidency of FDR and on FDR the man, even personal aspect of his life that has frequently been glossed over in other works to date.

Their parents might decide one thing but they could turn to Granny who would immediately favor them with a happier outcome. Preview - Franklin and Lucy by Joseph E. Other editions. In fact throughout the account--which I should mention does not have enough Nook Mercer content to warrant the title at all--he takes overt jabs at Eleanor Roosevelt that suggest she was a nag, was unfulfilling sexually.


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