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Children's LiteratureProfusely illustrated and containing a comprehensive bibliography and an index, this biography of one of the century's most influential women is both a useful reference source and an enjoyable reading experience. Born into a family of wealth and prestige, Eleanor attended schools in England and France before she made her debut in New York. There one of her friends was a distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Their friendship was culminated in marriage and he was elected governor of New York. The couple lived in Albany until Franklin's inauguration as president of the United States. In Washington, D.C., Eleanor plunged enthusiastically into the role of First Lady, using her position not only to attend social functions and entertain diplomats, but also to promote programs to improve housing and benefits for low income groups. When Franklin died in 1945 Eleanor served for six years as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, working on the Human Rights Commission. After resigning from the U.N. she traveled widely, writing and reporting, and she continued her writing after she returned home until her health deteriorated. She died from a rare form of tuberculosis on November 7, 1962, and is buried next to her husband in the rose garden at Hyde Park. 2006, DK Publishing, Ages 10 to 14.