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Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt attending the Pan American Day concert in April 1935. (Courtesy Penguin Press)
Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt attending the Pan American Day concert in April 1935. (Courtesy Penguin Press)
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First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt yielded great power as America's longest-serving first lady, working on social issues separate from the public policy of her husband. And in the years after her time in the White House, she continued to work in the public interest: as a diplomat and women's rights activist.

But she was also a reluctant leader, a woman who might have preferred a quieter life outside of the public eye.

And in a new book, Brookline author Susan Quinn argues that Eleanor Roosevelt's 30-year romantic relationship with a female AP reporter helped make her into a great leader.

Quinn will be speaking about her book Thursday night at Brookline Booksmith.

Guest

Susan Quinn, former chair of PEN New England and author of "Eleanor And Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady."

This segment aired on September 29, 2016.

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