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The Wars of the Roosevelts - The Ruthless Rise of America's Greatest Political Family

William J. Mann

The award-winning author presents a provocative, thoroughly modern revisionist biographical history of one of America's greatest and most influential families-the Roosevelts-exposing heretofore unknown family secrets and detailing complex family rivalries with his signature cinematic flair. Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent "illegitimate" branch of the family, William J. Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts' rise to power and prestige was actually driven by a series of intense personal contest that at times devolved into blood sport. His compelling and eye-opening masterwork is the story of a family at war with itself, of social Darwinism at its most ruthless-in which the strong devoured the weak and repudiated the inconvenient. Mann focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt, who, he argues, experienced this brutality firsthand, witnessing her Uncle Theodore cruelly destroy her father, Elliott-his brother and bitter rival-for political expediency. Mann presents a fascinating alternate picture of Eleanor, contending that this "worshipful niece" in fact bore a grudge against TR for the rest of her life, and dares to tell the truth about her intimate relationships without obfuscations, explanations, or labels. Mann also brings into focus Eleanor's cousins, TR's children, whose stories propelled the family rivalry but have never before been fully chronicled, as well as her illegitimate half-brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, who inherited his family's ambition and skill without their name and privilege. Growing up in poverty just miles from his wealthy relatives, Elliott Mann embodied the American Dream, rising to middle-class prosperity and enjoying one of the very few happy, long-term marriages in the Roosevelt saga. For the first time, The Wars of the Roosevelts also includes the stories of Elliott's daughter and grandchildren. Deeply psychological and finely rendered, Th

The award-winning author presents a provocative, thoroughly modern revisionist biographical history of one of America's greatest and most influential families-the Roosevelts-exposing heretofore unknown family secrets and detailing complex family rivalries with his signature cinematic flair. Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent "illegitimate" branch of the family, William J. Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts' rise to power and prestige was actually driven by a series of intense personal contest that at times devolved into blood sport. His compelling and eye-opening masterwork is the story of a family at war with itself, of social Darwinism at its most ruthless-in which the strong devoured the weak and repudiated the inconvenient. Mann focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt, who, he argues, experienced this brutality firsthand, witnessing her Uncle Theodore cruelly destroy her father, Elliott-his brother and bitter rival-for political expediency. Mann presents a fascinating alternate picture of Eleanor, contending that this "worshipful niece" in fact bore a grudge against TR for the rest of her life, and dares to tell the truth about her intimate relationships without obfuscations, explanations, or labels. Mann also brings into focus Eleanor's cousins, TR's children, whose stories propelled the family rivalry but have never before been fully chronicled, as well as her illegitimate half-brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, who inherited his family's ambition and skill without their name and privilege. Growing up in poverty just miles from his wealthy relatives, Elliott Mann embodied the American Dream, rising to middle-class prosperity and enjoying one of the very few happy, long-term marriages in the Roosevelt saga. For the first time, The Wars of the Roosevelts also includes the stories of Elliott's daughter and grandchildren. Deeply psychological and finely rendered, Th
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The award-winning author presents a provocative, thoroughly modern revisionist biographical history of one of America's greatest and most influential families-the Roosevelts-exposing heretofore unknown family secrets and detailing complex family rivalries with his signature cinematic flair. Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent "illegitimate" branch of the family, William J. Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts' rise to power and prestige was actually driven by a series of intense personal contest that at times devolved into blood sport. His compelling and eye-opening masterwork is the story of a family at war with itself, of social Darwinism at its most ruthless-in which the strong devoured the weak and repudiated the inconvenient. Mann focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt, who, he argues, experienced this brutality firsthand, witnessing her Uncle Theodore cruelly destroy her father, Elliott-his brother and bitter rival-for political expediency. Mann presents a fascinating alternate picture of Eleanor, contending that this "worshipful niece" in fact bore a grudge against TR for the rest of her life, and dares to tell the truth about her intimate relationships without obfuscations, explanations, or labels. Mann also brings into focus Eleanor's cousins, TR's children, whose stories propelled the family rivalry but have never before been fully chronicled, as well as her illegitimate half-brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, who inherited his family's ambition and skill without their name and privilege. Growing up in poverty just miles from his wealthy relatives, Elliott Mann embodied the American Dream, rising to middle-class prosperity and enjoying one of the very few happy, long-term marriages in the Roosevelt saga. For the first time, The Wars of the Roosevelts also includes the stories of Elliott's daughter and grandchildren. Deeply psychological and finely rendered, Th

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christopher Grove

Length:

21h 17m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

59:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

40:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

42:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

44:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

42:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

56:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

47:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

50:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

37:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

48:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

49:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

36:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

43:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

49:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

31:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

45:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

38:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

34:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

41:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

42:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

49:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

34:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

26:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

54:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

42:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

55:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

31:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:10