The Roosevelts

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The Roosevelts

An Intimate History

By Geoffrey C. Ward; Susanna Steisel; Maggie Hinders (Designed by)

Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780307700230, 503pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2014

New York Times Bestseller
A vivid and personal portrait of America's greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation, which expands on the hugely acclaimed seven-part PBS documentary series, bringing readers even deeper into these extraordinary leaders lives
With 796 photographs, some never before seen
The authors of the acclaimed and best-selling "The Civil War, Jazz, The War, "and" Baseball "present an intimate history of three extraordinary individuals from the same extraordinary family Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Geoffrey C. Ward, distilling more than thirty years of thinking and writing about the Roosevelts, and the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns help us understand for the first time that, 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. This is the story of the Roosevelts no other American family ever touched so many lives.

About the Author
Geoffrey C. Ward is an author and screenwriter of various documentary presentations of American history. He wrote the television mini-series The Civil War with director Ken Burns and has authored or coauthored numerous books, including A First-Class Temperament and Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.