Nonfiction Short Take: The Wars of the Roosevelts – William J. Mann

This is carefully researched—and very dishy–account of the inner workings of the Roosevelt family by a biographer who reads like a novelist. Mann’s last book, Tinseltown, was an NPR Book of the Year and ET said that “Mann’s call sheet of colorful characters is so richly painted, they not only make the Roaring ‘20s come to life, they’re so bizarre they seem like they could only exist in a movie.” The Roosevelts family is just as vivid here.

A compulsively readable account of the decades long rivalries, grudges, and battles between and within the Roosevelt families of Oyster Bay and Hyde Park. . . . . Perhaps best known for his popular film biographies and histories, and thus no stranger to tales of scandal and cover up, feuds and intrigue, Mann writes sympathetically about all the Roosevelts but particularly the black sheep, the nonconformists whose births into this powerful family imposed special burdens.”
Kirkus (starred review)

The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America’s Greatest Political Family (9780062383334) by William J. Mann. $35.00 hardcover. 12/6/16 on sale.

 

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