Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life
To those who met them casually, American women seemed a favored species. Again and again European travelers commented on the elevated status of the ladies they encountered in their voyages in the United States. Held in respect, relieved of contact with brutal necessities, allowed to expand their minds, independent guardians of the culture - these were the conventional descriptions. True, a surprisingly large percentage of them labored for a livelihood, and female wage earners were no better off than their male counterparts. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the number who worked at home or in factories steadily increased. But women of the middle classes were the pampered darlings of the society - elevated on pedestals away from the cares of the workaday world and guarded against all unpleasantness. One of them was Eleanor Roosevelt, daughter of a well-to-do family, bearer of a distinguished name, favored by fortune every respect. But sooner or later she had to confront a problem others did not: what to do with herself.
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This is a fairly well-written and fairly interesting biography. I read the whole thing in about three days, and enjoyed it - but it has problems. The main problem with it, I would say, arises when the ... Read full review
For anyone that wants to get to know the most well known woman in the 21st century this is the book for you. Although Youngs can be somewhat bias in some parts of the book over all I felt that it was well written. For the history buffs out there I think that it could have been written a little better and therefore they may not like it as much. It was an easy read which was good because it was a book for one of my college classes. But anyway it was very interesting and I would recommend it to those that are interested in politics and those interested in women in politics.
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