The Roosevelts

The Roosevelts

An Intimate History

Book - 2014
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This handsome, engaging, revelatory book is an intimate history of three extraordinary individuals from the same extraordinary family-Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Geoffrey C. Ward, distilling more than thirty years of thinking and writing about the Roosevelts, and the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns help us understand for the first time that, despite the fierce partisanship of their eras and ours, the Roosevelts were far more united than divided. All the history the Roosevelts made is here, but this is primarily a book about human beings, each of whom somehow overcame obstacles that would have undone less forceful personalities, and all of whom wrestled in their lives with issues still familiar to the rest of us-anger and the need for forgiveness, courage and cowardice, confidence and self-doubt, loyalty to family and the need to be oneself. This is the story of the Roosevelts-no other American family ever touched so many lives.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307700230
Branch Call Number: ROOSEVEL WAR
Characteristics: xii, 503 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Burns, Ken 1953-

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Nov 04, 2014

Geoffrey Ward's companion book for the documentary series he did with Ken Burns on the three Roosevelts is insightful. It explores the dynamics, personalities, strengths, and flaws of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor, as well as their extended family. The backdrop of history they made in turn is unveiled as Ward goes along, and there's a wealth of photographs to accompany the text. The Kennedys are often thought of as America's political dynasty, but it's the Roosevelts who really deserve that title, giving two truly great presidents and the best First Lady of them all to the country. Required reading for anyone with an interest in the trio.

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