Documentary 'The Roosevelts' has coffee-table companion

September 14, 2014 10:03 AM

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Documentary 'The Roosevelts' has coffee-table companion

At 7 p.m. Sunday, PBS will air the first part of a seven-part, 14-hour documentary titled “The Roosevelts” — specifically, Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. For those who prefer reading to watching, historian Geoffrey C. Ward and filmmaker Ken Burns have produced a book version, subtitled “An Intimate History.”

This a heavy book — not in its prose, which streams clearly along through short and generously illustrated chapters, but in its coffee-table heft. “The Roosevelts” weighs in at 4.7 pounds, a lapful by anybody’s measure.

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