“Once again Julie Fenster delivers the goods. FDR’s Shadow is a brilliant look at how the indomitable and enlightened Louis Howe became the mega-advisor of the Roosevelt Clan. A must read for anybody interested in U.S. political history. Every page sings.” -- Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.
"Louis Howe's remarkable career as the political savant behind Franklin D. Roosevelt's rise to power is one of the greatly underappreciated American stories of the last century. Julie M. Fenster's concise new biography of Howe, based on freshly released material, is a welcome corrective -- a whale of a story told with intelligence and grace."--Sean Wilentz, Princeton University, and author of The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
"FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, the Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt provides insights and analyses that will be of interest to anyone wanting to know more about the political landscape of that seminal period of American history." --Claude R. Marx, Boston Globe
"Indeed every member of both houses of the Congress has at least one "dragon-at-the-gate" who rations access to the boss, who edits the speeches, and keeps a check on promises that cannot be kept. But the Howe-Roosevelt symbiotic relationship is a darker story and Ms. Fenster brings a new depth to it." --Washington Times