Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage makes a good case for the continuing closeness of the Roosevelt's marriage while acknowledging what can only be described as its unconventionality. Both, more than likely, had affairs of one kind or another throughout their marriage, beginning with FDR's affair with Lucy Mercer prior to his contracting polio in the 1920's.
Those 2 events (his affair and the polio) changed both their lives, and their marriage, deeply, forever but it did not, as many historians are quick to assume, signal the end of their love for each other. As with any tragedy, both had to come to terms with changed assumptions and dashed dreams.
But neither Franklin nor Eleanor let their individual (or their shared) dreams die. In fact, they went on to become the most influential people in the world during the most difficult part of the 20th century.
There is much that is, and will always be, left unsaid in any book about the marriage of Franklin and Eleanor because most of the letters they wrote to the other loves in each of their lives were destroyed.
But this book leaves you with the impression that you have spent a great deal of time in their company and come away realizing, in some small way, the depth of their love for each other.
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