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

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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.
 

About Jan Pottker

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Jan Pottker is the author of seven previous books, including Janet and Jackie: The Story of a Mother and Her Daughter, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Pottker's interest in Sara and Eleanor was sparked when she realized that a myth had grown around Eleanor at the expense of Sara---much the same as the relationship between Jackie and her mother had been underplayed and distorted over time. Pottker has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, Andrew S. Fishel.
 
Published April 18, 2004 by St. Martin's Press. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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And, besides, the author’s principal intent is to reinstall Sara Delano Roosevelt on her pedestal—Sara, the woman who was on the cover of Time before her son (or daughter-in-law), the woman who was the heart and soul and financial officer for the Roosevelt clan.

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Navigating across a story already well traversed by such superb writers and researchers as Blanche Wiesen Cook, Geoffrey Ward and Betty Boyd Caroli (the latter in 1998's The Roosevelt Women ), Pottker unfortunately, despite her protestations, has nothing new to add to the well-worn tale of these ...

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