Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1

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Bloomsbury, 1993 - Presidents' spouses - 587 pages
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Visionary, activist, political wife, woman of surprising independence, Eleanor Roosevelt was the most influential First Lady the United States has ever had and undoubtedly the most important woman in American political history.;Born into the American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcholism and self-destruction, Eleanor Roosevelt learned, rather than inherited, her progressive views. Though steeped in the sensibilities of the Old South with its prejudices against Blacks and Jews, she became an antiracist activist. She also became an eloquent spokesperson for peace and for women, proclaiming "In the future there will be nothing closed to women because of sex".;Blanche Wiesen Cook's access to new archives, her insights, and her respect for her subject contribute a new perspective not just on Eleanor Roosevelt but on the world of politics in which she thrived. This book celebrates a woman of wit, passion, unfailing energy and blithe courage, whose life can be seen as a guide for all women and men interested in a just society.

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User Review  - Elissa - Goodreads

Very thorough research. I gave it 2 stars not because the quality of the work was poor; but rather because I didn't care for the author's style, and therefore didn't enjoy reading it. Much preferred No Ordinary Time, and will have to keep hunting for another Eleanor biography. Read full review

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User Review  - Janice - Goodreads

If you can get through the ancestry and heritage and make it to page 100, the rest of the book is a breeze. Infact, for history / biography it is an easy read. So interesting I had trouble putting it ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Blanche Wiesen Cook is Professor of History and Women's Studies at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her books include Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume I, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and numerous other awards.

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