Annal: 1972 National Book Award for Biography

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1972.

Book:Eleanor and Franklin

Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship, Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers

Joseph Lash

Eleanor and Franklin is one of the most highly acclaimed biographies written in recent times. Its focus is Eleanor Roosevelt and her complex relationship with FDR. Based on her personal papers and ranging from her birth in 1884 to the death of her husband in 1945, this fascinating study reveals new dimensions in a marriage that had a significant impact on the course of American history.

Written with great insight and sensitivity by an author who was a close friend of Mrs. Roosevelt’s for over twenty years, the volume explores the personal, familial and social influences that shaped Eleanor and prepared her for role as first lady and chief counselor to the president. In many ways Eleanor was her husband’s conscience. Her idealism dictated the terms of the complex partnership she evolved with her husband during his rise through local and national politics.

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