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FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

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In 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt—the 1920 vice presidential candidate on the losing Democratic ticket—was overcome by an illness that left him unable to walk. He retired to his family estate in Hyde Park with his wife, Eleanor, who was suffering emotional problems of her own. For the Roosevelts, it was the low point of their lives. At that juncture, Roosevelt's advisor, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 13th 2009)
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Bill Hall
Jul 28, 2009 Bill Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The subject of the book, Louis McHenry Howe, devoted more than two decades of his life to the cause of electing Franklin Roosevelt as President of the United States. In the pages of Julie Fenster’s new biography, Howe finally steps out of the shadows and we gain a clearer understanding of his life. It was a life crowned with great professional success after years of frustration and failure, but apparently never blessed with personal happiness. Fenster has taken advantage of the recent opening of ...more
Anna Ligtenberg
ISBN 0230609104 - I picked this one up, excited at the idea of a look at FDR's era from a slightly off-center perspective. Louis Howe, a man known mostly to his own family and political historians, has never really gotten the sort of popular acknowledgment that he deserves. He still hasn't.

A somewhat sickly child whose family pampers him to a nearly ridiculous extent, Louis Howe hardly seems like a king-maker. His life story makes complete sense as he becomes a reporter and works with his father
Susan Albert
The only available bio of Louis Howe, FDR's political strategist, who piloted his run for VP in 1920, encouraged (nudged, pushed, bullied!) ER to try her political wings, and managed the 1928 and 1932 presidential campaigns.
May 10, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Behind the scenes

Louis Howe wasn't 'the tired old man behind the curtain' that the Wizard of Oz called himself, but he functioned in almost that capacity for Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Julie Fenster's well-written and researched biography of Howe gives us a complete portrait of a complex man, and details how crucial Howe was to the rise of FDR.
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Is it odd that after reading "Eleanor and Franklin" I was more intrigued to know about Louis Howe than FDR? Franklin really was remarkable and that fact came through more in this book, that provided details of his attempts to walk following his paralysis, and yet Howe is still fascinating. In part it is because of the odd personal arrangement of living with the Roosevelts and shunning his own family, which was elaborated upon in this book. The motivations of a man to sublimate himself to facilit ...more
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