The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician and humanitarian, and, as the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is recognized as the longest-serving first lady of the United States (1933-1945.) Born into the prominent Roosevelt family, Eleanor was raised in privilege by her grandmother following the death of her parents. Educated overseas, Roosevelt returned home to the United States and married her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1905. Influenced by her husband's success in politics, Roosevelt made regular public appearances and held her own press conferences while first lady.
Following Franklin's death in 1945, Roosevelt remained active in politics, and became one of the first delegates to the United Nations, as well as participating in the UN Commission on Human Rights and in John F. Kennedy's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She also penned numerous memoirs and articles, including the autobiographies This Is My Story, This I Remember, and On My Own. Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962 at the age of 78. Roosevelt, along with her husband Franklin Delano and uncle Theodore, is the subject of the 2014 Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
Brava, October 2011
“A lively and honest look at her life, her politics, and so much more.”