The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Series: Quality Paperbacks Series
Paperback: 504 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press(February 2000)
The long and eventful life of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) was full of rich experiences and courageous actions. The niece of Theodore Roosevelt, she married a distant relative and Columbia University law student named Franklin Delano Roosevelt; he gradually ascended throughout the world of New York politics to reach the U.S. presidency in 1932. Throughout his three terms, Eleanor Roosevelt was not only intimately involved in FDR’s personal and political life, but led women’s organizations and youth movements and fought for consumer welfare, civil rights, and improved housing. During World War II she traveled with her husband to meet leaders of many powerful nations; after his death in 1945 she worked as a UN delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat. By the end of her life, Eleanor Roosevelt was recognized throughout the world for her fortitude and commitment to the ideals of liberty and human rights. Her autobiography constitutes a self-portrait no biography can match for its candor and liveliness, its wisdom, tolerance, and breadth of view—a self-portrait of one of the greatest American humanitarians of our time.
July turned into a month of doctors, tests, and not feeling well..so the fact that this one book even got read is a small miracle!
I am sure I would have read this a lot faster had it not been for the things mentioned above and then add to it that I have read numerous books on Eleanor Roosevelt and I have to admit that this book didn’t have anything I didn’t already know.
I will say though that as a writer you had the feeling that you were sitting down with Eleanor and listening to her talk. Very relaxing and very “I feel I know you”.
A small disappointment is that she actually had a good part of this book talking of Franklin and his Presidential choices and decisions. Again, I had already read a number of books on them both and I was ready for “just Eleanor”.
I will always wish I had written to her when I was in High School, since she passed after I graduated. Such a fabulous lady. Such empathy. More people should be like her.
If you would like to read about her there are many books out there.. but if you want to “hear her voice” then this would be a good book. (It’s also much shorter then most books on the Roosevelts!!)
I know history is not for everyone. And it took me until maybe 2 yrs ago before it interested me. But I think my next “history” book will be on someone else. Not sure who yet :)