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  Library Programs - Adult Book Group:

Eleanor & Franklin

Join university professors as they lead a class discussion on these books that discuss a time much like today and a Presidential couple who lead us to peace and prosperity. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7 p.m. - Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley. 

Critically acclaimed biographer Hazel Rowley describes the remarkable courage and lack of convention---private and public---that kept FDR and Eleanor together. She reveals a partnership that was both supportive and daring. Most of all, she depicts an extraordinary evolution---from conventional Victorian marriage to the bold and radical partnership that has made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt go down in history as one of the most inspiring and fascinating couples of all time.

Scholar: John Stiletto, WSU.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7 p.m. - American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work by Nick Taylor.

Seventy-five years after Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, here for the first time is the remarkable story of one of its enduring cornerstones, the Works Progress Administration (WPA): its passionate believers, its furious critics, and it’s amazing accomplishments.

Scholar: Susan Matt, WSU.

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7 p.m. - Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham.

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of “the Greatest Generation.” In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one—a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together (113 days during the war) and exchanging nearly two thousand messages.

Scholar: Branden Little, WSU.

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7 p.m. - The Conquerors: Roosevelt,Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 by Michael R. Beschloss.

A New York Times bestseller, The Conquerors reveals how Franklin Roosevelt's and Harry Truman's private struggles with their aides and Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin affected the unfolding of the Holocaust and the fate of vanquished Nazi Germany.

Scholar: Branden Little, WSU.

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7 p.m. - No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin's marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor's life as First Lady, and FDR's White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war.

Scholar: Kathryn MacKay, WSU.

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7 p.m. - FDR by Jean Edward Smith.

One of today’s premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this superlative volume, Jean Edward Smith combines contemporary scholarship and a broad range of primary source material to provide an engrossing narrative of one of America’s greatest presidents.

Scholar: Gary Johnson, WSU.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7 p.m. - Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933 by Blanche Wiesen Cook.

Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and injustice and advancing the rights of women; and in her private life, forming lasting intimate friendships with some of the great men and women of her times.

Scholar: Sally Shigley, WSU.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7 p.m. - Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933-1938 by Blanche Wiesen Cook.

Now in her long-awaited, majestic second volume, Cook takes readers through the tumultuous era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the gathering storms of World War II, the years of the Roosevelts' greatest challenges and finest achievements. In her remarkably engaging narrative, Cook gives us the complete Eleanor Roosevelt— an adventurous, romantic woman, a devoted wife and mother, and a visionary policymaker and social activist who often took unpopular stands, counter to her husband's policies.

Scholar: Sally Shigley, WSU.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7 p.m. - My Day: The Best Of Eleanor Roosevelt's Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962 by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt wrote her hugely popular syndicated column "My Day" for over a quarter of that century, from 1936 to 1962. This collection brings together for the first time in a single volume the most memorable of those columns, written with singular wit, elegance, compassion, and insight—everything from her personal perspectives on the New Deal and World War II to the painstaking diplomacy required of her as chair of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights after the war.

Scholar: Branden Little, WSU.

 

This series is funded by the

Utah Humanities Council

and the

Brigham City Library

A Reading Discussions Program at Brigham City Library

Series 2014: Eleanor & Franklin

For more information please contact Sue, 723-5850.

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