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The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America's Greatest…

by William J. Mann

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A completely engrossing account of the Roosevelt family and the bitter rivalry between two branches of the family. I have to say that my views on Theodore Roosevelt were completely changed after reading this book. It's clear that the Roosevelts depicted in this book would stop at nothing to advance their own names and protect that which was most important: keeping themselves on top. Theodore, Alice, Franklin, even Eleanor could be cold, cruel, and biting at times. Still, it's a fascinating look at the inside story of one of America's greatest political dynasties. ( )
  briandrewz | Jun 16, 2017 |
Pretty good book, although it took almost a week to read. He starts off with TR putting his brother in a nuthouse and making his wife leave and making sure that his brother never sees his family again, all for trivial reasons. This guy's daughter was Eleanor, who married FDR. Apart from this, there is not much of a family war, except that TR's daughter Alice is a total bitch and becomes a right wing termagant. Well written.
Aapparently the Roosevelts of Oyster Bay never forgave the Roosevelts of Hyde Park for their treason. FDR was great and this idiot we now have for a president is a bad joke. ( )
  annbury | Apr 13, 2017 |
Wow! How the political parties have changed in their ideas. I started out thinking "This guy has an agenda to dish on the Roosevelts and I maybe won't finish it". But as I read further, I found he was balanced in his criticism and admiration, and that the writing and research were well done. A very interesting book. ( )
  EllenH | Feb 5, 2017 |
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A provocative biography of the Roosevelt family draws on family secrets and complex rivalries to argue that the Roosevelts' rise to power was driven by a series of inside competitions that were witnessed firsthand by an increasingly begrudging Eleanor Roosevelt.… (more)

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