AN UNTOLD STORY:
THE ROOSEVELTS OF HYDE PARK by ELLIOTT ROOSEVELT and JAMES BROUGH 319 pages. Putnam. $7.95.
As even the most casual reader of Rooseveltiana knows, Eleanor's life was full of woe. Her beloved father, a problem drinker, died young, and early death claimed her mother and brother as well. She grew up shy and lonely, self-conscious about her plain looks.
Marriage to Cousin Franklin seemed a lucky break, but Mother-in-Law Sara turned out to be a meddlesome tyrant, and Franklin himself had a few flaws as a husband. To this list we can now add a posthumous problem for Eleanor: her son...