Harry Truman and Eleanor RooseveltOn April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed away. Offering his consolation to the widowed Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman asked, "Is there anything I can do for you?"

Mrs. Roosevelt responded, "Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now."

The relationship between the new President, Harry Truman, and the former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, entered a new phase. From a formal, often wary, political relationship developed also a strong friendship. Ultimately, Harry Truman designated Eleanor Roosevelt as his representative on the United Nations and "First Lady of the World."

Edited by the late Steve Neal, political editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, the correspondence reveals the extraordinary story of a deep, often stormy and enduring friendship throughout one of the most important era's in American History.

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