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Franklin and Eleanor - An Extraordinary Marriage

Hazel Rowley

Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR's lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor's purported lesbianism-and many scandals in between-the American public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals. Some claim that Eleanor sacrificed her personal happiness to accommodate FDR's needs; others claim that the marriage was nothing more than a gracious façade for political convenience. No one has told the full story until now. In this groundbreaking new account of the marriage, 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. In this dramatic and vivid narrative, 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.

Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR's lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor's purported lesbianism-and many scandals in between-the American public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals. Some claim that Eleanor sacrificed her personal happiness to accommodate FDR's needs; others claim that the marriage was nothing more than a gracious façade for political convenience. No one has told the full story until now. In this groundbreaking new account of the marriage, 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. In this dramatic and vivid narrative, 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.
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Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR's lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor's purported lesbianism-and many scandals in between-the American public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals. Some claim that Eleanor sacrificed her personal happiness to accommodate FDR's needs; others claim that the marriage was nothing more than a gracious façade for political convenience. No one has told the full story until now. In this groundbreaking new account of the marriage, 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. In this dramatic and vivid narrative, 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tavia Gilbert

Length:

12h 45m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

16:53


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

27:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

24:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

28:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:51