Closest Companion : The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-21
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Closest Companionis the highly acclaimed and surprisingly engrossing secret diary of Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, Franklin Roosevelt's sixth cousin, who spent more private time with FDR during his years in the White House than any other person. Expertly edited by the eminent historian and bestselling author Geoffrey C. Ward, the diary begins on FDR's inauguration day in January 1933 and ends on the day Roosevelt died in April 1945. Including thirty-eight letters that FDR wrote to Daisy, this volume is a significant contribution to history, offering unique and intimate details of FDR's relationship with Winston Churchill and other wartime leaders, his decision to run for an unprecedented fourth term, his deteriorating health, and his hopes for the postwar world. But at bottom,Closest Companionis a love story like no other, one that provides dramatic new insights into the character and private life of one of America's greatest presidents.

Author Biography

Geoffrey C. Ward is the bestselling author of two books about FDR-Before the Trumpet and A First-Class Temperament-and the coauthor (with Ken Burns) of The War, The Civil War, Jazz, and Baseball. The former editor of American Heritage magazine, he is the winner of many awards, including six Emmys, the Parkman Prize for history, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Editor's Notep. xix
1933-1941 Our Hill: The Years Before the Warp. 1
1942 The One Focus of Everyone's Eyesp. 145
1943 The Luckiest Person Alivep. 191
1944 The Whole World Needs Himp. 269
1945 There Is So Little One Can Dop. 375
Afterwordp. 425
Acknowledgmentsp. 429
Indexp. 431
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