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FDR's Shadow

Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

Julie M. Fenster

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

In 1921, FDR had just lost an election as VP candidate with Governor Cox against Harding, he was overcome by an illness that left him paralyzed from the waist down, and his marriage was on the rocks. He retired to his home in Hyde Park with his wife Eleanor and an ever-present advisor, Louis Howe. With her signature insight, Julie Fenster presents a vivid, behind-the-scenes portrait of the world of the Roosevelts in a critical time, taking readers inside this peculiar arrangement and revealing how this intimate friendship lead to the resurgence of FDR. Eleanor Roosevelt, too, would never be the same again.
 
Their son Elliott said, "The person who was most responsible for the development of my mother’s personality was Louis Howe, as he was of my father.  He was a man that gave my father the iron will and the ability to move ahead politically, which I don’t think he would have ever done on his own.  Louis Howe was probably the greatest influence on both my father and my mother’s lives.”

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"This is a much-needed, thoroughly researched, and engagingly written account of the only indispensable adviser in the rise of both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Julie Fenster well captures her elusive and eccentric subject." -- Conrad Black, Publisher of the London Daily, Sunday Telegraph, and Spectator, and author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Richard M. Nixon.

“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

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  • Julie M. Fenster

  • Julie M. Fenster is the author of the critically acclaimed The Case of Abraham Lincoln and co-author with Douglas Brinkley of The New York Times bestseller Parish Priest. Her books include the award-winning Ether Day and Race of the Century. A regular contributor to American Heritage, Fenster has also written for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She has appeared on NPR and C-Span, among others. She lives in Syracuse, New York.

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    Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

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