Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 2; Volumes 1933-1938

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Viking, Jul 6, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 686 pages
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Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere. Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt presents an unprecedented portrait of the towering female figure of the twentieth century.

The second volume plunges into the White House years and the Great Depression, the time when Eleanor exerted enormous influence over the course of the country. In the thirties, Eleanor becomes even more surprising and multifaceted. A loyal wife, a devoted mother, a woman who courted romance and adventure, Eleanor Roosevelt was America's most compelling, charismatic, and visionary First Lady. She ran a virtual parallel administration that championed civil rights, affordable housing, and a New Deal for women. She took unpopular stands and often countered her husband's policies, particularly concerning racial justice, women's rights, the plight of refugees, and approaches to Fascism and the Spanish Civil War. The book doses in 1938, as Europe moves toward war.

This is an unparalleled presentation of a woman whose life was filled with passionate commitment and who struggled for personal fulfillment. It is a book for all readers of American history and politics, and as the New Deal comes under assault today, a book for readers who care about a decent future for all people.

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User Review  - gbelik - LibraryThing

This second volume of the the biography deepens my appreciation of Eleanor (and slightly reduces my admiration for FDR). Eleanor stakes out her own intellectual and social and political territory in ... Read full review

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User Review  - ChazziFrazz - LibraryThing

I picked up this volume and the second one as they looked interesting and I liked the idea of photos to give a little visual to such historic times. What I found was interesting but also a huge dose ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Becoming First Lady
9
Public and Private Domains
31
Copyright

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Blanche Wiesen Cook, is the author of "Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933" and "Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933-1938".

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