By Robin Gerber
It's a time of turmoil, with the country mired in an unpopular warfare in Korea and with Senator Joseph McCarthy stirring up worry of a lurking Communist "menace." Racial discrimination is rampant. A woman's position is in the house. And whilst a stunning act of God removes the Democratic presidential nominee, the social gathering throws its help to an not likely average bearer: former First girl and goodwill ambassador to the area Eleanor Roosevelt. pleasing and fast paced, Eleanor vs. Ike pits the unforgettable Eleanor opposed to the drastically well known battle hero Gen. Dwight David ("Ike") Eisenhower. yet whereas the rivals promise "an sincere campaign," their strategists mire the race in scandal and sour innuendo. without warning Eleanor unearths herself a objective of strong insiders who suggest to break her stable name—and Ku Klux Klan assassins devoted to her death—as she will get stuck up in a mad whirl of appearances and political maneuvering . . . and an opportunity come upon with a precocious five-year-old named Hillary Rodham.
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Well, the president wants you to talk about your trip and the importance of the United Nations. ” Eleanor sighed. She had hoped for a quiet summer in Val-Kill and a chance to finish the book about her recent travels. She didn’t relish the thought of being drawn into the intrigues of a contentious convention, and her little talk with Adlai didn’t make her feel 50 Robin Gerber any better. But she knew Harry wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. “I suppose I’ll have to go,” Eleanor told Maureen. ” “All right, Mrs.
We have to add that fact to the toll being taken by McCarthy and his ilk. ” 42 Robin Gerber “I do. He worked with me in the UN. ” Eleanor looked quizzical, so Vidal went on. “He was telling a friend about his meeting with Truman in January. ” Eleanor replied defensively, “He feels an obligation to the people of Illinois. He already pledged to run again as governor. And his ex-wife has become quite the socialite, flitting all over. He told me he wants to be around for his boys. They asked him not to run.
If I do this . . ” Again, he had to stop, his voice choking. “I got angry once when I was a boy, so angry at her and my father that I went outside and pounded the trunk of our apple tree with my bare hands. I couldn’t stop crying, cried into my pillow for an hour after they sent me to bed. ” Mamie and Jacquelin listened quietly as Ike talked for nearly an hour. Finally, lighting another cigarette off his last, he got up to fill his glass. ” Jacquelin sat for a moment, overwhelmed by her emotions.