ROOSEVELT AND HOWE by Alfred B. Rollins
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ROOSEVELT AND HOWE

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An extraordinarily interesting dual portrait which places Howe in a new light and makes the part he played in the ""making of a president"" so vivid, so immediate in its vitality that in much the same way White did in his book, Professor Rollins gives the reader a high sense of suspense. Will Roosevelt win the senatorial election, the governorship, the presidency? The story starts with the nominating convention in Chicago- and ends with Howe's loss of his own battle against illness in 1936. His influence was such a major factor in Roosevelt's political life that it is hard to realize that he died as the first New Deal was shifting into the Second. This is, however, not solely a political biography. With flashbacks one gets Howe's personal story, his bitter struggle against poverty and failure -- and how he came into Roosevelt's life, and with Eleanor Roosevelt fought to save him from succumbing to his handicap. Throughout this long and thoroughly researched book, two unlike men grow in deepening appreciation, affection and understanding, loyal to each other over a period of twenty three years. Howe's struggle to keep alive both physically and financially is handled with straightforward honesty and tenderness. His faith in Roosevelt and his determination to keep him in politics against all odds makes a story for the ages. Rollins pulls no punches in showing some of the cheap political tricks both Roosevelt and Howe resorted to in battle after battle-from a little local fight to the struggle for the presidency. One gains growing respect however for the strange, sick, ugly little man who grew in stature and power. Here is a book that adds a new dimension to the Roosevelt shelf.

Publisher: Knopf