July 08, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Roosevelts: An American Saga

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Horowitz, Peter Collier
genre
Biography, Politics and Current Events

”Who elected her?” was asked first about Eleanor Roosevelt, who was no less controversial than Hillary Rodham Clinton, and who was a major force for much of the six-decade Roosevelt political dynasty. In The Roosevelts: An American Saga, to show us Presidents Teddy and Franklin (as well as First Lady Eleanor) as they shaped 20th-century life and politics, Peter Collier relates the machinations of their public politics to the agony of the private battles, jealousies, and tragedies that never left America’s near-royal family alone. He spices every page with tidbits that make the book a pleasure instead of a history lesson: Teddy believed telephones to be such a ”barbarous invention” that he threw his out; Teddy Jr.’s wife Eleanor fires a cook for chopping parsley with his teeth. Collier’s meticulous research and lucid reporting illuminate what the Roosevelts did, who they were, and what they helped all America to become. A

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