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Publisher's Summary

Eleanor Roosevelt is the most important woman in American political history, and in this definitive biography, Blanche Wiesen Cook recreates her in all of her roles -- as a visionary, an activist, a political wife, and a woman far more independent than we knew. No other First Lady has had a greater influence in the course of democracy in this century, and no other book about Eleanor Roosevelt captures the complexity of her character - her wit, her passion, her boldness, and her commitment to greater dignity and security for all women and men.
©2000 Blanche Wiesen Cook (P)2009 Phoenix
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Critic Reviews

"This highly readable, well-researched work of feminist scholarship erases the image of the young Eleanor Roosevelt as a long-suffering, repressed wife and presents her as a strong, ever-evolving individual." ( Publishers Weekly)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Veronika on 10-11-11

Can't rate content, can't listen to this voice

As interested as I am in this biography of Eleanor R, I can't listen to this recording. The voice of the author is very irritating to me - to other Audible friends as well. We had to let go of this one. Very disappointing to have paid for a book only to have to put it aside because of the poor presentation.

The publishers review should have included this flaw!!!

Much better to have a professional reader than an author's voice that's not trained for the job.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anne Blue Wills on 05-10-16

Good for a quick intro but...

Interesting but a little too abridged. I try to avoid abridgments. No full-length audio version is available. It's wonderful to hear the author's voice but she reads very quickly and without much inflection. Can't wait to read it for myself -- I've ordered the print version!

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