So, what are you reading this week?
“This is my second book on Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first having been Roosevelt’s Secret War, a history of FDR and World War II espionage published in 2004. Both that book and the present work reflect a lifelong fascination, as a New Yorker growing up during the Roosevelt years, with this endlessly provacative figure.
The present theme, the women who figured prominently in Roosevelt’s life, was prompted by my conviction that their influence was decisive. They formed and reveal him. However resistant this largely inscrutable man is to decipherment, he cannot begin to be understood without examining te shaping hand of his mother, wife, one true love and other women who satisfied FDR’s deep-seated need for adulation, admiration, approval and respite from the crushing burdens of his office. They provided oxygen to his soul. To study the man largely through his male associates, however key- Louis Howe, Harry Hopkins, Sam Roseman, Henry Morgenthau and his involvment with the leaders of the twentieth century- yields an incomplete picture. It is no coincidence that present with FDR at Warm Springs, Georgia, on the day he died were three close women companions.”
The opening to Franklin and Lucy, President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life. by Joseph E. Persico.
What prompted me to purchase this book was reading about it on The Accidental Cootchie Mama Blog.
What caught my attention was that as I was reading her post, I could look out my office window and see the rays from the rising sun bathe the historic, Wilcox Inn which I know will play a big role in the book.
I got in the first two chapters yesterday afternoon, (after finishing Ms. Watkin’s eclectic To Live Forever. An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis).
I’ll finish Franklyn and Lucy later this week as I fly to and from Milwaukee.
I am acquainted with several of Miss Lucy’s decendants and familiar with many of the stories of the relationship. It will be interesting to see how this book, written in 2008 will line up along some of the local lore.
The point however, is you never know where you will find a good book…as long as you do not stop looking.
Remember, you will be the same person in five years that you are today, except for the people you associate with and the books you read.
So I ask again, what are you reading this week?