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FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

By: Julie M. Fenster
Published: ©2009
Pages: 248
Total Copies: 23
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & Memoirs | Presidents & Politics

Description: In 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was overcome by an illness that left him unable to walk. He retired to his family estate in Hyde Park with his wife, Eleanor, who was suffering emotional problems of her own. Roosevelt’s advisor, Louis Howe, moved in with them, leaving his own family behind. Howe set to work to lift Roosevelt’s spirits and maintain his connection to the world of politics. At the same time, he encouraged Eleanor to develop the self-esteem that would allow her to realize her full potential. Three years later, against all expectations, FDR was once again a key player on the national political stage and Eleanor had blossomed into the public figure we all know and love.