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A hot, intimate account of the affection among Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a courting that, over greater than 3 a long time, reworked either women's lives and empowered them to play major roles in a single of the main tumultuous classes in American history

In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound lifestyles of the 1st woman with dread. by way of that point, she had placed her deep sadness in her marriage at the back of her and built an self reliant life—now threatened by way of the general public position she will be pressured to play. A lifeline got here to her within the type of a feisty crusade reporter for the linked Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the following thirty years, until eventually Eleanor’s loss of life, the 2 girls carried on a unprecedented dating: They have been, at diverse issues, fanatics, confidantes, specialist advisors, and worrying friends. 
They could not were extra diverse. Eleanor were raised in a single of the nation’s strongest political households and was once brought to society as a debutante sooner than marrying her far away cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was once identified, had grown up negative in rural South Dakota and labored as a servant woman after she escaped an abusive domestic, finally turning into some of the most revered newshounds on the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the 2 fast fell in love. For the following 13 years, Hick had her personal room on the White residence, round the corner to the 1st Lady. 
those fiercely compassionate girls encouraged one another to correct the wrongs of the turbulent period within which they lived. in the course of the melancholy, Hick said from the nation’s poorest parts for the WPA, and Eleanor used those stories to foyer her husband for brand new Deal courses. Hick inspired Eleanor to show their widespread letters into her well known and long-lasting syndicated column "My Day," and to befriend the feminine reporters who turned her champions. whilst Eleanor’s tenure as First girl ended with FDR's loss of life, Hick driven her to proceed to exploit her recognition for good—advice Eleanor took by way of prime the UN’s postwar Human Rights fee. At each flip, the bond those girls shared was once grounded of their selection to raised their bothered world.
Deeply researched and advised with nice warmth, Eleanor and Hick is a bright portrait of affection and a revealing examine how an not likely romance motivated probably the most consequential years in American historical past.

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