Roosevelt’s Right-Hand Woman

Often considered the first (and only) female presidential chief of staff, Missy LeHand was the right-hand woman to Franklin Delano Roosevelt for more than twenty years. Although her official title as personal secretary was relatively humble, her power and influence were unparalleled

A Power Behind the Throne

With unprecedented access to Missy’s family and original source materials, journalist Kathryn Smith tells the captivating and forgotten story of the intelligent, loyal, and clever woman who had a front-row seat to history in the making. THE GATEKEEPER is a thoughtful, revealing unsung-hero story about a woman ahead of her time, the true weight of her responsibility, and the tumultuous era in which she lived—and a long overdue tribute to one of the most important female figures in American history.

2017 Southern Book Prize Finalist,
The Gatekeeper, 
is NOW AVAILABLE in paperback!