The greatest crisis in American history since the , 13 million Americans were unemployed and hundreds of banks were closed. For a time, Roosevelt was resigned to being a victim of polio, believing his political career to be over. While the letters are suggestive, some historians say argue they do not provide hard evidence of a physical love affair. Even though Eleanor discovered this relationship in 1919 and forbade him to ever see Lucy Mercer again, using the threat of divorce — F. In June 1944, Franklin requested of his daughter Anna, who was then managing some social functions and acting as hostess, that she help him arrange to meet Lucy without Eleanor's knowledge. Far from diminishing Roosevelt, for my taste it actually enhanced several of the biographies that I have read. The home is now a tourist attraction The extent of Suckley's close relationship with Roosevelt wasn't known until her death in 1991, when a stash of letters from Roosevelt was found under her bed.
The line between history and gossip can be treacherously thin. At the same time, Allied forces rolled back Japan in Asia and the eastern Pacific. As a young woman, Lucy Mercer first worked in a dress shop, before being hired by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1914 to become her social secretary. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life by Joseph Perisco on the LibraryThing Early Reviewer list. The fact that he wasn't spoiled surely played a role, but there were other influences that showed him what life was like on the other side of the proverbial tracks. Eleanor subsequently offered her husband a divorce. I found myself unable to dislike these self-important people to nearly the extent that my class biases predispose me.
An unflinching examination of his complex relationship with Eleanor. I have yet to read a book by Joe Persico that is anything but an informative non-fiction work that reads like a novel. Roosevelt learned of the affair and of Eleanor's offer of a divorce, she was adamantly against the idea. Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, 1884-1933. In this work, Joseph Persico presents an informative and all too readable examination of Roosevelt's relations with the women in his life, specifically: Sara, his mother; the inimitable and indefatigable Eleanor; his aide Missy LeHand; and, of course, Eleanor's secretary, the titular Lucy Mercer. Not something I would have picked up on my own, but I'm glad I read it.
And Eleanor extracted a promise: Franklin must never see Lucy Mercer again. His upbringing was so unlike the common people whom he would later champion. When he returned in September, sick with pneumonia in both lungs, Eleanor discovered a packet of love letters from Mercer in his suitcase. It would be easy to turn this subject into a gossipy, tabloidish book but as always Persico approaches the subject with a keen historian's eye. Somehow, his spirit endured and he emerged from his ordeal a warmer, more compassionate man.
Roosevelt was surrounded by privilege and a sense of self-importance. But his wife Eleanor and political confidante Louis Howe encouraged him to continue on. He also demonstrates the lengths to which all concerned went to keep the renewed ties from Eleanor. She didn't know how to be a wife or mother -- completely understandable when you look at the ruinous childhood she worked hard to overcome -- and seemed almost allergic to fun. As someone who thought he had read everything there was to read about Franklin Roosevelt, I can say that I went into the book with very low expectations. This is a good one.
Lucy Mercer was born in Washington, D. Lash, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Blanche Wiesen Cook and Geoffrey C. Missy was perhaps the saddest figure. An unflinching examination of his complex relationship with Eleanor. They were love letters from Lucy. Although it is not known if the relationship was ever consummated, it is believed by family members that Lucy was the love of Franklin's life.
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001, 155-156, 495. Sometimes she came alone; sometimes she brought her daughter. Roosevelt selected Missouri Senator as his running mate, and together they defeated Republican candidate Thomas E. Far from diminishing Roosevelt, for my taste it actually enhanced several of the biographies that I have read. Yet overall those works achieved their goals of illuminating significant historical or biographical questions about the president. She was there for lunch on Nov. They are believed to have started their romantic relationship around 1916.
And then what would have happened to us? According to historians and , the affair between Mercer and Franklin likely began in 1916, when Eleanor and the children were vacationing at to avoid the summer heat, while Franklin remained in Washington, D. Roosevelt was narrowly elected, and the victory gave him confidence that his political star was rising. His upbeat, positive approach and personal charm helped him defeat Republican incumbent in November, 1932. He agreed but continued to secretly see Mercer over the years. When he returned in September, sick with in both lungs, Eleanor discovered a packet of love letters from Mercer in his suitcase. She was able to be a companion without making demands on him. But Roosevelt faced criticism for increased government spending, unbalanced budgets and what some perceived as a move toward socialism.