The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America

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Citadel Press
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6.1 X 9.0 X 1.5 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Christopher C. Gorham is a lawyer, educator, and acclaimed author of The Confidante, which was a Goodreads Choice Award finalist. With degrees in history from Tufts University and the University of Michigan, he served on the editorial staff of the Syracuse Law Review while earning his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post and in online journals. He lives with his wife in Watertown and Chatham, Massachusetts, and can be found online at
Praise for The Confidante

"This is a must-read for everyone. Christopher Gorham has written a book that is a fascinating look at the years between The Great Depression and The Cold War, and one woman who had a huge impact on all of it. A woman whose name we should all know." --The Gloss

"The Confidante covers four decades and some of the most future-shaping legislation ever passed by the U.S. government. Through it all, we can see Rosenberg's fingerprints across the nation's major events. As a result, Mr. Gorham's biography is also a mystery. How could we have forgotten such a woman? ...What The Confidante provides, with cinematic color and encyclopedic clarity, is a resurrection of that history." --The Wall Street Journal

"(Anna Rosenberg's) immense influence on American politics, multiple wars, and America's public affairs, long overlooked, is once again brought to the forefront in this wonderfully told book, perfect for readers of history, biography, politics, and feminism." --Booklist

"An adviser to presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson, Anna Rosenberg (1899-1983) was a prominent national figure whose present obscurity is perplexing. Gorham, a lawyer and American history teacher.... delivers a vivid account of her eventful life. ...Even history buffs may be surprised.... A well-deserved first biography." --Kirkus Reviews

"An eye-opening biography of presidential advisor Anna Rosenberg.... This is a fitting tribute to a trailblazer." --Publishers Weekly

"Far and away the most important woman in the American government, and perhaps the most important official female in the world." --LIFE magazine, 1952

"Christopher Gorham's authoritative new biography will put Anna Rosenberg where she belongs: among the most outstanding yet unsung women of the 20th century." --Nigel Hamilton, author of the FDR at War trilogy and JFK: Reckless Youth

"Anna Rosenberg was a dynamo of a woman. Christopher C. Gorham's engaging and deeply researched biography The Confidante will leave you with two thoughts: 'Why did I never hear of this woman before?' and 'Thank goodness she's been rescued from obscurity!'" --Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency and Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre: Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy

"An outstanding narrative-driven debut that exemplifies why we read history in the first place. Anna Rosenberg's gripping saga should be read by anyone who enjoys a story of achieving success by overcoming long odds." --Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide, The Caning, American Treasures, and Voyage of Mercy

"Rosenberg was a woman who rose to postings that were supposed to be the preserve of men, and she was a patriot who helped us win World War II and protect the home front. Heroine, indeed." --Larry Tye, author of Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy

"Gorham's biography is a must read for anyone interested in the FDR years and anyone concerned about current crises. The Confidante deserves a wide audience." --Andrew Kersten, author of Labor's Home Front