So I admittedly may have a thing about Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt-and yes it is in that order. Eleanor then Franklin. I took a class last summer on FDR and through the book that I was assigned to read I feel more in love with the Roosevelts. My plan for fathers day this year was actually to take a daddy daughter trip to Hyde Park with my dad as I have never been-Maybe I will still go-maybe.
Anywho-I fell in love with all things Roosevelt. I loved the fact that for all intent and purpose they had a true partnership in a marriage. They not only dealt with FDR's horrific illness but also the fact that as they aged and grew as individuals their marriage changed. My personal opinion is that if this was modern times perhaps they would have divorced....or maybe not as they would have been a family in the political spot light.
What I love about the story of the Roosevelts is the fact that each of them were allowed to achieve success in their own right. I loved that in a era where women were not really allowed to be leaders, Eleanor was one in her own right. Not in the classic sense that way I man was in this WWII era, but a leader never the less. I loved reading especially about her struggles to define herself outside of motherhood and being a wife. I think as a working mother who is very educated I often struggle with the question of who am I-Eleanor did too.
Now in terms of new information this book only had a few things I didn't know about the famous couple-then again I took an entire graduate class on FDR and Eleanor so that is why. I think this is a great non-fiction read for anywho who is interested in this famous couple. The books reads just like a normal biography would just instead of being about one person, it is about their relationship. How they worked together as a team and also how they allowed each other to be individuals with their own desires and interests. When looking up the link to put in for the book I saw a few more options on Amazon that lets be honest I will probably buy too! I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to get an in-depth look into he Roosevelt's relationship. Five Stars on this book from me!
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