The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

by Eleanor Roosevelt


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A candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.

The daughter of one of New York’s most influential families, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt witnessed some of the most remarkable decades in modern history, as America transitioned from the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, and the Depression to World War II and the Cold War.

A champion of the downtrodden, Eleanor drew on her experience and used her role as First Lady to help those in need. Intimately involved in her husband’s political life, from the governorship of New York to the White House, Eleanor would eventually become a powerful force of her own, heading women’s organizations and youth movements, and battling for consumer rights, civil rights, and improved housing. In the years after FDR’s death, this inspiring, controversial, and outspoken leader would become a U.N. Delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, a newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat devoted to the ideas of liberty and human rights.

This single volume biography brings her into focus through her own words, illuminating the vanished world she grew up, her life with her political husband, and the post-war years when she worked to broaden cooperation and understanding at home and abroad.

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt includes 16 pages of black-and-white photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062355911
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 90,125
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)

About the Author

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884. She married Franklin Delano Roosevelt on March 17, 1905, and was the mother of six children. She became First Lady on March 4, 1933, and went on to serve as Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and Representative to the Commission on Human Rights under Harry S. Truman, and chairwoman of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women under John F. Kennedy. She died on November 7, 1962, at the age of seventy-eight.

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The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This intriguing book has all the facts about Eleanor Roosevelt, but is shorter than the biography by Blanche Weisen Cook. She starts from her childhood and throughtout most of her life. Not only is this book about her and her life but her family's life was well. It is interesting to read as well as informative on a historical prespective.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
I know this is an abbreviated version of her history, but I really liked it. I got a bit of history I was lacking and the length is just about right. I don't really want to read five volumes of her history. It kind of opened my eyes as to how a strong woman evolved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a history buff, nor did I know much of anything about the Roosevelt's before reading this book. I wanted to know more about the great humanitarian I read so many essays on. The book is long but captivating. And I appreciate a book that can last me over a week. Definitly a great autobiography by a great woman!!! Buy it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome,,,a must read,
Vanessa2763 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I was writing a research paper on ER's contribution to American History. I haven't finished it yet but I've learned a lot about her and the life she led. It is interiesting, but not riveting so it might take a while to read. It's funny at times,and also reflective.
nicky_too on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleanor Roosevelt had a very nice writing style. Her autobiography is very easy to read and quite insightful.I think she was proof that wisdom does come with age. For the time she must have been quite something. She was definitely a woman with an opinion. Reading about all her travels I also find interesting. I like the fact she is quite down to earth and to the point about everything that's included in this book.However, once again I picked up a book about (and this time also by) and American and the anti-communist thing is getting sooooo old. Thankfully we have history after her death to prover her ideas wrong. Also the view of America as world leader is even older and boring! Again, history is proving her wrong.Besides those two things I find this book very interesting and it gives a nice view of the times and her personal development.
GaltJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fascinating woman and what a dry, boring book! I must find a biography of Eleanor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read . I learned many things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful! I enjoyed reading her book and getting a glimpse into her world. I believe I have learned so much from her strength, courage, humanitarianism, experiences, and wisdom.
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I dont luke this stupi sample so take it off it just popped up on my screen
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muffieDG More than 1 year ago
ER is one of my idols. Very interesting to hear about her life in her own words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting narrative of how the world and Eleanor changed so completely from 1900 to the 1940's.
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It is very well written and so very interesting to be able to get a glimpse of life in the early 1900's and also the glimpse of a public figure's life. I highly recommend this book!
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ACoons54 More than 1 year ago
Such an informative book. Eleanor Roosevelt is one of America's shining lights in history, yet how much do we really know about her? Here, in her own words she tells her story. And a fascinating story it is. 
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mybookfriends More than 1 year ago
Will read this summer