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An Untold Story: The Roosevelts of Hyde Park Hardcover – April 27, 1973

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 27, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399111271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399111273
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This biography written by one of the Roosevelt children is an enjoyable and informative read. The author claims to have written the book to dispel rumors and myths about his parents. It is quite good. I had not seen in other bios about the Roosevelts that FDR not only had the early affair with Ms, Mercer, but also another affair that went on for some twenty years with his secretary, Missy LeHand. Eleanor is painted with a somewhat severe brush by the author. He clearly liked his dad the best. The book also covers in a lot of detail Louis Howe, the man who according to many was the man who made Roosevelt president. I recommend the book, especially for those who remain fascinated by American royalty circa the 20's and 30's
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I actually bough the book because I was at the same real estate office back in the late 70s as Elliott Roosevelt. I had not realized he had written a book about his parents. I decided to check it out. I have not completed it, but it is a different historical perspective and reveals things only he could know.
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Really, the author cannot say one nice thing about his mother - yet he traded on
her name with his (ghostwritten) mysteries for years. Every time ER is mentioned,
he has a snide thing to say about her. It's quite remarkable, actually, as he
was hardly an exemplary person himself.

I would not have read this book if everyone in it weren't dead. It makes me feel
rather soiled, but I'm a real FDR/ER fan. Not an Elliott fan however!
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Pretty much follows the historical rendition of Franklin and Eleanor's private/public lives. As I worked as a National Park Ranger at Hyde Park for two summers, it was a good review of the private lives and their interactions with their staffs and advisors.
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So boringly overwritten. Tells us nothing much that we didn't know before, except for some bits of irrelevant trivia. It's written in the style of a dull old man who can't write, writing a dull old memoir. The collaborator did Elliott no favors.
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Sent to a friend in Colorado who would like to visit Hyde Park, NY.
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Poorly written. The author assumes things that he can't possibly know for certain. It's an uninteresting account of people who were in fact very interesting people.
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