The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

By (author) Eleanor Roosevelt

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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.

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  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 30mm | 612.35g
  • 22 Mar 1992
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 24pp photographs
  • 030680476X
  • 9780306804762
  • 83,221

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Eleanor Roosevelt (1884--1962), who was intimately involved in the political life of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, led women's organizations and youth movements and fought for consumer welfare, civil rights, and improved housing. Under her leadership, the United Nations approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Brava, October 2011 "A lively and honest look at her life, her politics, and so much more."

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"Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reasons, turn one's back on life". This is the credo of a great woman, and though her family urge that she "slow down" this lively curiosity and even more the overwhelming sense of responsibility to her fellow man makes slowing down almost impossible. Rarely has there been an autobiography-despite its limitations to her interests and activities and those of her husband's in which she was so integral a part - which so completely reveals this great woman. The first three sections (This Is My Story; This I Remember, and On My Own) were published individually, and appear here in somewhat abridged form and with a continuity so that one is scarcely aware of a break in the flow. Her growing up years capture a period that has gone forever, and once again make her growth from a painfully shy girl into the outgoing, dedicated woman she became even more of a miracle. The final brief section, In Search of Understanding, should be read by all who would recognize the challenge of today's world, the need to understand and live the democracy we preach. This is the story of the life and times of one who will always be America's First Lady. (Kirkus Reviews)

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