An orphaned niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt converted her Gilded Age childhood of denial and secrecy into a complex marriage with her ambitious fifth cousin Franklin. Even as Eleanor accepted her husband's infatuations with other women, David Michaelis notes here, Eleanor explored her attraction to younger men and to women, particularly reporter Lorena Hickok. Michaelis explores how Eleanor became a voice for the voiceless, FDR's proxy in the White House, and in widowhood, a tireless advocate of international human rights and world citizen of the Atomic Age.
"An excellent single-volume biography of America's greatest first lady…. Absolutely spellbinding."—Douglas Brinkley, Washington Post