Author Event: "Gatekeeper" Kathryn Smith
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered his savvy personal secretary, Marguerite Alice "Missy" LeHand, one of the most vital, and certainly one of the most loyal, members of his inner circle. He often remarked that Miss was "my conscience." Missy worked with FDR for more than twenty years, starting from his first failed Vice Presidential campaign in 1920, through his time as governor of New York, and for almost a decade in the White House.
One indisputable truth: If you wanted to get to President FDR, you had to go through his personal secretary and de facto Chief of Staff, Missy LeHand. What little has been written about her since is all too often wrong, dismissing her as a love-starved secretary at best, or an in-house mistress at worst. With unprecedented access to the papers and artifacts kept by Missy's family for generations, Kathryn Smith is finally telling the story of this extraordinary woman.
Kathryn Smith is a journalist and writer. She spent decades writing for daily newspapers and has been the book columnist for the "Anderson Independent Mail" for twenty years. Smith is also the author of "A Necessary War," an oral history of World War II told by living veterans and civilians. She lives in South Carolina with her husband.
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017