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Love, Eleanor: Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Friends
Love, Eleanor: Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Friends
By Joseph P. Lash
Doubleday, 1982, 534 pp
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This is a curious but enthralling book. It seeks both to portray Eleanor Roosevelt in her own words through her correspondence with her most intimate friends and to refute charges that she had sexual relations with Lorena Hickok and extramarital affairs with two men including Joseph Lash, her political protégé and biographer. Lash includes facsimiles of military intelligence documents of 1943 pertaining to an improper and incompetent investigation of Mrs. Roosevelt and himself. Lash answers the lascivious charges and gives us a fine supplement to his two-volume biography of the First Lady.