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Sara and Eleanor

The Story of Sara Delano Roosevelt and Her Daughter-in-Law, Eleanor Roosevelt

Jan Pottker


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We think we know the story of Eleanor Roosevelt--the shy, awkward girl who would redefine the role of First Lady, becoming a civil rights activist and an inspiration to generations of young women. As legend has it, the bane of Eleanor's life was her demanding and domineering mother-in-law, Sara Delano Roosevelt. Biographers have overlooked the complexity of a relationship that had, over the years, been reinterpreted and embellished by Eleanor herself.

Through diaries, letters, and interviews with Roosevelt family and friends, Jan Pottker uncovers a story never before told. The result is a triumphant blend of social history and psychological insight--a revealing look at Eleanor Roosevelt and the woman who made her historic achievements possible.

Praise For Sara and Eleanor: The Story of Sara Delano Roosevelt and Her Daughter-in-Law, Eleanor Roosevelt

“Fills a long-standing void in the Roosevelt story and adds tremendously to our understanding of Roosevelt personal history.” —Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves, grandchild of Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt

St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312339395, 416pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2005

About the Author

Jan Pottker is the author of books including Celebrity Washington, as well as the co-author of Dear Ann, Dear Abby:  The Unauthorized Biography of Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren. Jan Pottker has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, Andrew S. Fishel.