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Franklin and Lucy by Joseph E. Persico
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Jul 25, 2010

really liked it
Read in July, 2010 — I own a copy

This was really good and very readable. It explores the relationships of FDR with the women of his life and does NOT paint him as the great white father; the book deals more with the man himself. It seems that women adored him and that he expected and tolerated nothing less than female adoration. The book presents boths pros and cons regarding FDR's mother's control of his family, the status of his marriage, Eleanor's possible lesbian relationships, FDR's long term affair with Lucy Mercer, as well as other relationships (Missy LeHand & others) during his political career--which seems to be the only career he ever had. The book seems to tell the good and the bad about FDR while giving him full credit for his role in history.

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