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In this rich memoir, Roosevelt brings us into the goldfish bowl, as his family called it - that glare of public scrutiny to which all presidential households must submit. He recounts his misadventures as a hapless kid in an unforgivably formal setting and describes his role as a tiny planet circling the dual suns of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Blending self-abasement, humor, awe and affection, Too Close to the Sun is an intimate portrait of two of the most influential and inspirational figures in modern American history and a thoughtful exploration of the emotional impact of growing up in their irresistible aura.
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By Amazon Customer on 02-04-10
Absolutely Charming Audiobook
Really enjoyable look into the lives of FDR, Eleanor and the White House, all from the perspective of a very little boy!
The reader Jeremy Gage is crisp, easy on the ears and makes this audiobook a joy to listen to!
Five stars all the way!
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By Debra B on 04-23-12
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This book comes across as a sincere expression of what it was like to live in the White House as a little boy, and what it was like to be a Roosevelt. It is honest without being complaining and it doesn't gloss over flaws that you might like to know about.