Julie Fenster talked about her book FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). In her book she recounts the life of Louis Howe, aid to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who according to the author played a pivotal role in FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt’s public personalities. Ms. Fenster describes Roosevelt as a injured man, both politically and physically, following his loss as the vice presidential candidate with Governor Cox to William Harding in 1921. This occurred at approximately the same time that Roosevelt incurred an illness that would leave him paralyzed from the waist down. The author recalls the bond that Louis Howe had with the Roosevelts at this time and the significant part he played in spurring FDR back into public office. She responded to questions from members of the audience at the seventh annual Roosevelt Reading Festival. It was held by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center in Hyde Park, New York. close
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