Bonds. Hazel Rowley’s new book, Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage, explores the lives of these fascinating characters with a special focus on their marriage, with all its ups and downs. FDR’s infidelity could have ended their marriage, but Eleanor loved him enough to remain his wife, although her independence and her own relationships provided her with the affection her marriage didn’t. Rowley clearly has affection for her subjects, and presents them and their unusual marriage with insight. This was a political relationship that endured many setbacks, and it was a marriage that survived prolonged separations and conflicting relationships. Rowley presents it all in a way that provides all readers with good history and an absorbing personal story.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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