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Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

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Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage
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Biographer Hazel Rowley delves into the lives of one of American history's most fascinating couples, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. In emFranklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriageem, Hazel Rowley describes the remarkable courage and lack of convention--private and public--that kept FDR and Eleanor together. She reveals a partnership that was both supportive and daring. Franklin, especially, knew what he owed to Eleanor, who was not so much behind the scenes as heavily engaged in them. Their relationship was the product of FDR and Eleanor's conscious efforts--a partnership that they created according to their own ambitions and needs. Set against the great upheavals of the Depression and World War II, Rowley paints a portrait of a tender lifelong companionship, born of mutual admiration and compassion. Most of all, she depicts an extraordinary evolution--from conventional Victorian marriage to the bold and radical partnership that has made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt go down in history as one of the most inspiring and fascinating couples of all time.moreless
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