Franklin and Lucy - President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life-logo

Franklin and Lucy - President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life

Joseph E. Persico

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was arguably the greatest figure of the twentieth century. While FDR's official circle was predominantly male, it was his relationships with women-particularly with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd-that most vividly bring to light the human being beneath this towering statesman. It is no coincidence that Rutherfurd was with Roosevelt the day he died in Warm Springs, Georgia, along with two other close women companions. In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR's romance with Lucy Rutherfurd, which was far deeper and lasted much longer than was previously acknowledged. Persico's provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd's estate that attest to the intensity and scope of the affair. FDR's connection with Lucy also creates an opportunity for Persico to take a more penetrating look at the other women in FDR's life. We come to see more clearly how FDR's infidelity as a husband contributed to Eleanor's eventual transformation from a repressed Victorian to perhaps the greatest American woman of her century; how the shaping hand of FDR's strong-willed mother helped to imbue him with the resolve to overcome personal and public adversity throughout his life; and how other women around FDR, including his "surrogate spouse," Missy LeHand, and his close confidante, the obscure Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, completed the world that he inhabited. Franklin and Lucy is an extraordinary look at the private life of a leader who continues to fascinate scholars and the general public alike. In focusing on Lucy Rutherfurd and the myriad women who mattered to Roosevelt, Persico paints a more intimate portrait than we have heretofore had of this enigmatic giant of American history. From the Hardcover edition.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was arguably the greatest figure of the twentieth century. While FDR's official circle was predominantly male, it was his relationships with women-particularly with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd-that most vividly bring to light the human being beneath this towering statesman. It is no coincidence that Rutherfurd was with Roosevelt the day he died in Warm Springs, Georgia, along with two other close women companions. In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR's romance with Lucy Rutherfurd, which was far deeper and lasted much longer than was previously acknowledged. Persico's provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd's estate that attest to the intensity and scope of the affair. FDR's connection with Lucy also creates an opportunity for Persico to take a more penetrating look at the other women in FDR's life. We come to see more clearly how FDR's infidelity as a husband contributed to Eleanor's eventual transformation from a repressed Victorian to perhaps the greatest American woman of her century; how the shaping hand of FDR's strong-willed mother helped to imbue him with the resolve to overcome personal and public adversity throughout his life; and how other women around FDR, including his "surrogate spouse," Missy LeHand, and his close confidante, the obscure Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, completed the world that he inhabited. Franklin and Lucy is an extraordinary look at the private life of a leader who continues to fascinate scholars and the general public alike. In focusing on Lucy Rutherfurd and the myriad women who mattered to Roosevelt, Persico paints a more intimate portrait than we have heretofore had of this enigmatic giant of American history. From the Hardcover edition.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was arguably the greatest figure of the twentieth century. While FDR's official circle was predominantly male, it was his relationships with women-particularly with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd-that most vividly bring to light the human being beneath this towering statesman. It is no coincidence that Rutherfurd was with Roosevelt the day he died in Warm Springs, Georgia, along with two other close women companions. In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR's romance with Lucy Rutherfurd, which was far deeper and lasted much longer than was previously acknowledged. Persico's provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd's estate that attest to the intensity and scope of the affair. FDR's connection with Lucy also creates an opportunity for Persico to take a more penetrating look at the other women in FDR's life. We come to see more clearly how FDR's infidelity as a husband contributed to Eleanor's eventual transformation from a repressed Victorian to perhaps the greatest American woman of her century; how the shaping hand of FDR's strong-willed mother helped to imbue him with the resolve to overcome personal and public adversity throughout his life; and how other women around FDR, including his "surrogate spouse," Missy LeHand, and his close confidante, the obscure Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, completed the world that he inhabited. Franklin and Lucy is an extraordinary look at the private life of a leader who continues to fascinate scholars and the general public alike. In focusing on Lucy Rutherfurd and the myriad women who mattered to Roosevelt, Persico paints a more intimate portrait than we have heretofore had of this enigmatic giant of American history. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Len Cariou

Length:

6h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:20

Introduction
Introduction

00:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:13


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:03


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:40


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:23


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:03


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:02


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:14


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:43


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:19


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:12


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:34


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:18


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:31


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:51


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:52


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:46


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:23


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:30


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:17


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:16


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:37