The Balanced Center: Book Review--Franklin and LucyPost a Comment. Franklin and Lucy by Joseph E. Persico brings together all the currently available information on Franklin Roosevelt's relationship with Lucy Mercer, with whom he had an affair prior to being stricken with polio. It also highlights his relationship with all the other "special" women who surrounded him throughout his life. I was especially heartened that this author included Anna Roosevelt, FDR's daughter, among the voices he includes.
Franklin and Lucy
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Unsurprisingly, the book deals primarily Eleanor and Lucy Rutherford. Overall I thought this book to be fantastic, it read very easily for the most part and had some interesting new research. It is a book I would absolutely recommend to anyone interested in the history of any of these people. Much of the first half of the book was devoted to Eleanor and it was perhaps her psyche that was most deeply explored of any. The most difficult thing for me in reading this book was finding its true sense of purpose. I was not sure if it was meant to be simply a history of FDR told through his relationships with the variety of women in his life, or if it was supposed to be more about the women and their relationships with FDR, and how those relationships influenced his presidency.
Persico Roosevelt's Secret War engagingly and eloquently narrates the tangled relationships between Franklin and the various women to whom he became close, including his mother; his wife; Lucy Mercer the young Eleanor Roosevelt's social secretary during WWI and later Mrs. These relationships have been examined before; the major revelation of the volume—backed up by documents recently discovered by Mercer's descendants—is that her relationship with FDR continued throughout his life, even after it was supposedly ended by Franklin at the demand of his mother, who threatened to cut off both his income and his inheritance were he to leave his wife and family. Previously, it was believed that FDR's relationship with Mercer only rekindled once Franklin's mother died, at the very end of his own life. Another intriguing aspect of the book is Persico's informed speculation on how Franklin's frequently nonchalant womanizing affected Eleanor, who appears, quite possibly, to have pursued several relationships of her own, both hetero- and homosexual. In sum, Persico offers what will prove an important, lasting addition to the literature of the Roosevelts. View Full Version of PW. Persico, Author.
The public record shows that Franklin D. Roosevelt had one wife. And that's not counting the casual flings. The legal wife, of course, was Eleanor. Admirable though she was, she drove him nuts. The work wife, equally predictably, was his longtime secretary Missy LeHand, who spent much more time with him than Eleanor did, day and night, before her untimely death at
When did we become so interested in the sex lives of presidents? But only with the loosening of sexual mores in the s, accompanied by the false air of familiarity fostered by television, did the dam burst. The trend reached its apotheosis in the contemptible document known as the Starr report. Joseph E. Persico retells it in the context of the intimate lives of Franklin and Eleanor more generally.