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The Roosevelts : an intimate history

Author: Geoffrey C Ward; Ken Burns
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This companion volume to the PBS documentary distills more than thirty years of thinking and writing about the Roosevelts. Despite the fierce partisanship of their eras, the Roosevelts were far more united than divided. All the history the Roosevelts made is here, but this is primarily an intimate account, the story of three people who overcame obstacles that would have undone less forceful personalities. Theodore  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Theodore Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Eleanor Roosevelt; Eleanor Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt; Eleanor Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey C Ward; Ken Burns
ISBN: 9780307700230 0307700232
OCLC Number: 866615103
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 503 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Get action: 1858-1901 --
In the arena: 1901-1910 --
The fire of life: 1910-1919 --
The storm: 1920-1933 --
The rising road: 1933-1939 --
The common cause: 1939-1944 --
A strong and active faith: 1944-1962.
Responsibility: Geoffrey C. Ward ; based on a documentary film by Ken Burns ; with a preface by Ken Burns ; picture research by Susanna Steisel ; design by Maggie Hinders.

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This companion volume to the PBS documentary distills more than thirty years of thinking and writing about the Roosevelts. Despite the fierce partisanship of their eras, the Roosevelts were far more united than divided. All the history the Roosevelts made is here, but this is primarily an intimate account, the story of three people who overcame obstacles that would have undone less forceful personalities. Theodore Roosevelt would push past childhood frailty, outpace depression, survive terrible grief -- and transform the office of the presidency. Eleanor Roosevelt, orphaned and alone as a child, would endure her husband's betrayal, battle her own self-doubts, and remake herself into the most consequential first lady in American history and the most admired woman on earth. And Franklin Roosevelt, born to privilege and so pampered that most of his youthful contemporaries dismissed him as a charming lightweight, would summon the strength to lead the nation through the two greatest crises since the Civil War, though he could not take a single step unaided. The three were towering personalities, but The Roosevelts shows that they were also flawed human beings who confronted in their personal lives issues familiar to all of us: anger and the need for forgiveness, courage and cowardice, confidence and self-doubt, loyalty to family and the need to be true to oneself.

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