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In 1921 Franklin Delano Roosevelt the 1920 vice presidential candidate on the losing Democratic ticket 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 For the Roosevelts it was the low point of their lives At that juncture Roosevelt's advisor Louis Howe moved in with them leav. The subject of the book Louis McHenry Howe devoted than two decades of his life to the cause of electing Franklin Roosevelt as President of the United States In the pages of Julie Fenster s new biography Howe finally steps out of the shadows and we gain a clearer understanding of his life It was a life crowned with great professional success after years of frustration and failure but apparently never blessed with personal happiness Fenster has taken advantage of the recent opening of Howe s personal papers at the FDR library to present a rounded picture of Howe s life than was previously possibleHowe was born into a life of wealth and privilege in Indiana in 1871 but battled poor health from his childhood onward He married but the marriage was not a happy one and he and his wife spent the majority of their years together living apart Howe worked as a journalist and political operative with only middling success for many years before crossing paths with a young New York State Senator named Franklin Delano RooseveltAlthough Howe devoted many years to serving Roosevelt this biography makes clear that the years 1921 22 were the pivotal ones in the relationship After FDR was stricken with polio Howe moved into the Roosevelt household full time and devoted himself to keeping FDR s political flame alive when most everyone thought he was doomed to a life of invalidism It was during those years that the relationship between Howe and Eleanor Roosevelt deepened and he became a mentor to the once shy and awkward woman who would go on to become one of the country s greatest First LadiesSadly Howe did not have many years to enjoy the fruits of his decades of labor He died midway through FDR s first term in the While House But by then the greatest goal of his life had already been accomplished

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In FDR's Shadow The Man Who Made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

Ing 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. I have read a lot of books about FDR and this one was disappointing to me The first 100 pages of the book focused on Howe s personal life and the rest of the book was either gossipy or had cameo appearances of Howe s influence on Roosevelt A lot of this would have been alright if the name of the book would have been The biography of Louis Howe not FDR s Shadow Read at your own peril

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All know and loveWith her signature insight and wit Julie Fenster presents a vivid behind the scenes portrait of the world of the Roosevelts during this critical time and the uniue relationship Franklin Eleanor and Louis developed Ultimately Fenster shows that Louis Howe was the true mastermind behind Franklin Roosevelt's resurgence helping him to overcome terrible odds and fulfill his great desti. A really compelling read about the man behind the scenes that shaped the Roosevelts into the Presidential people they became I also appreciated Fenster s citing new access to Howe s archival papers as the impetus


7 thoughts on “In FDR's Shadow The Man Who Made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

  1. says:

    The subject of the book Louis McHenry Howe devoted than two decades of his life to the cause of electing Frankli

  2. says:

    ISBN 0230609104 I picked this one up excited at the idea of a look at FDR's era from a slightly off center perspective Louis Howe a man known mostly to his own family and political historians has never really gotten the sort of popular acknowledgment that he deserves He still hasn'tA somewhat sickly child whose family pampers him to a nearly

  3. says:

    I have read a lot of books about FDR and this one was disappointing to me The first 100 pages of the book focused on Howe’s personal life and the rest of the book was either gossipy or had cameo appearances of Howe’s

  4. says:

    Is it odd that after reading Eleanor and Fr

  5. says:

    The only available bio of Louis Howe FDR's political strategist who piloted his run for VP in 1920 encouraged nudged pushed bullied ER to try her political wings and managed the 1928 and 1932 presidential campaigns

  6. says:

    A really compelling read about the man behind the scenes that shaped the Roosevelts into the Presidential people they became I also appreciated Fenster's citing new access to Howe's archival papers as the impetus

  7. says:

    Behind the scenesLouis Howe wasn't 'the tired old man behind the curtain' that the Wizard of Oz called himself but he functioned in almost that capacity for Franklin D RooseveltJulie Fenster's well written and researched biography of Howe gives us a complete portrait of a complex man and details how crucial Howe was to the rise of FDR

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