Someone to Watch Over Me

Someone to Watch Over Me

A Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tortured Father Who Shaped Her Life

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A fresh and sensitive examination of Eleanor Roosevelt—one of the most remarkable Americans in history—and the tortured father who would inspire and shape her future leadership and advocacy.
Eleanor Roosevelt is viewed as one of the most pioneering women in American history. But she was also one of the most enigmatic and lonely. Her loveless marriage with FDR was no secret, and she had a cold relationship with most of her family, as well, from her distant mother to her public rivalry with her cousin, Alice. Yet she was a warm person, beloved by friends, and her humanitarian work still influences the world today. But who shaped Eleanor? It was the most unlikely of figures: her father Elliott, a lost spirit with a bittersweet story.Elliott was the brother of Theodore Roosevelt, and he was as winsome and charming as Theodore was blustery and competitive. Though the two maintained a healthy rivalry in their youth, Elliott would eventually succumb to alcoholism and would be exiled to the Virginia countryside. But he kept up a close correspondence with his daughter, Eleanor, who treasured his letters and would read them nightly for her entire life for guidance, inspiration, and love.As he did in the critically acclaimed The Golden Lad, Eric Burns' insightful and lucid prose reveals new facets to the lives of these pillars of American history.

Baker & Taylor
Describes how Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with her father, Elliott, the brother of Theodore Roosevelt, shaped her into the warm person whose humanitarian work still has relevance today, despite his being exiled to the Virginia countryside as he succumbed to alcoholism.

Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781681773285
Characteristics: xxiii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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