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Upstairs at the Roosevelts'

Growing Up with Franklin and Eleanor

Curtis Roosevelt

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: Potomac Books
Published: 07/2017
Pages: 264
Subject: Biography and Autobiography
eBook ISBN: 9781612349404


Curtis Roosevelt knew what it was like to live with a president. His grandfather was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. From the time Curtis, with his sister, Eleanor, and recently divorced mother, Anna Roosevelt Dall, moved into his grandparents' new home—the White House—Curtis played, learned, slept, ate, and lived in one of the most famous buildings in the world with one of its most famous residents. Curtis Roosevelt offers anecdotes and revelations about the lives of the president and First Lady and the many colorful personalities in this presidential family. From Eleanor's shocking role in the remarriage of Curtis's mother to visits from naughty cousins and trips to the "Home Farm," Upstairs at the Roosevelts' provides an intimate perspective on the dynamics of one of America's most famous families and those who visited, were friends, and sometimes even enemies.


Curtis Roosevelt (1930–2016) is the grandson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. He worked for eighteen years in the Secretariat of the United Nations. He is the author of Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor and consulted on numerous television productions, including the History Channel's FDR: A Presidency Revealedand the documentary miniseries The Churchills.