Now back in print, a candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.
The daughter of one of New York's most influential families, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt witnessed some of the most remarkable decades in modern history, as America transitioned from the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, and the Depression to World War II and the Cold War.
A champion of the downtrodden, Eleanor drew on her experience and used her role as First Lady to help those in need. Intimately involved in her husband's political life, from the governorship of New York to the White House, Eleanor eventually became a powerful force of her own, heading women's organizations and youth movements, and battling for consumer rights, civil rights, and improved housing. In the years after FDR's death she became a U.N. Delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, a newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat devoted to the ideas of liberty and human rights.
This single volume biography brings her to life through her own words, illuminating the vanished world she grew up, her life with her political husband, and the postwar years when she worked to broaden cooperation and understanding at home and abroad.
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What a woman!
A fascinating life, during a fascinating period of our recent history. Mrs Roosevelt was a woman well before her time.
Ummm, Eleanor Roosevelt.
At first I didn't love the narration. She seemed to exaggerate the last consonants of words and over-emphasised the pronunciation of the phrase "my husband", which made it feel like it was used twice in every sentence. However, the narration improved as the book progressed.
Yes. I found myself looking for tasks I could complete with ipod attached.
If you're looking for an insight into the personal relationships between Mrs Roosevelt and her children or FDR, you won't find it here. There is so mention of FDR's affairs, for example. Mind you, that wasn't what I was interested in anyway. I really enjoyed this book for its history, and for Mrs Roosevelts opinions and beliefs. If only there were people like her and FDR in public life today.
- Margaret M. Bell
How Eleanor saw her world and life