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The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt Kindle Edition
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"Brava", October 2011
"A lively and honest look at her life, her politics, and so much more." --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00ICN4ZUI
- Publisher : Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (October 21, 2014)
- Publication date : October 21, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2881 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 585 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #121,901 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was mostly interested in her childhood — because I had read elsewhere the challenges she faced as a young bride, mother and helpmate to a politician who faced the most challenging period of American history: the end of the Great Depression and WWII. She was Franklin's eyes and ears so often while he served in the presidency and there is much to admire, especially as she did it without a helpmate that supported her more than Franklin did.
What did I get from this most? This was a woman who fought to be her own woman, to state her own mind and she did it growing up feeling awkward, ugly and unloved. Her own mother didn't provide a loving home, her father, who himself was crippled by his own demons gave her as much as he could but he died when she was so young. Then she lived with her grandmother who you get the feeling wasn't all that supportive either. So who did Eleanor have? A great teacher and educator, and in a limited way, Franklin, who trusted her enough to have her work on his behalf. But by then she had become her own woman who had to have her own issues, passions and interests and that shines through this autobiography.
Does it answer all my questions — no. To that end, she doesn't say anything about the behind the scenes life she had with Franklin, his mother or her children. But what she does say is so real, so passionate and still, so valid for our lives today. This is a very good read.
This edition of Eleanor Roosevelt is divided into four sections. The first three sections represent her earlier published autobiographies: 1) This is my Story; 2) This I Remember; 3) On my Own. The fourth section collects essays written during the last decade of six years of her life: 4) The Search for Understanding. While the first two sections bring us Eleanor Roosevelts memories of her family, upbringing, marriage, and eventually her work alongside her 6th cousin become husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the third and final fourth sections are more immediate. These are the writings of a mature woman, fully engaged in rebuilding the country world in the aftermath of two world wars. She confronts the dramatic issues and challenges that faced the world and the United States from 1945 to 1961. And she pulls no punches. She faces the adversaries of democracy, both foreign and domestic, ever ready to listen but equally ready to speak truth to power and assert the right in the face of abuse.
Eleanor Roosevelt was the niece of a very popular president, Theodore Roosevelt, and the wife of another very popular president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was an orphan whose family tried to suffocate her spirit of initiative in order to make her a proper lady for the 19th Century, and as a young mother could never please her dominating mother-in-law. In meeting such personal adversity, she learned critical thinking and compassion, rising to become a spokesperson for the poor and oppressed of the 20th Century. She became a champion of the little people, a Peace-Maker, a facilitator of dialogue, a leader among women and men.
It has taken me some time to complete my reading of this book, largely because I felt that I needed time to reflect on the author's words to be able to appreciate her contribution more thoroughly. My recommendation is that this book be proposed to all who would study the history of the United States and the United Nations in the determining years following World War II. I would also recommend the book to those interested in Women's Studies, in the American Presidency, and in family life for the upbringing of children.
By PETER PASCARIS on October 14, 2015
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Beim Lesen ihrer Autobiographie gewann ich den Eindruck, es mit einer intelligenten, geradlinigen, tatkräftigen, beherzten, uneitlen Frau zu tun zu haben, deren Art und Weise, sich dem Leben zu stellen, mir höchste Achtung und Sympathie abringt. Wer dieses Buch liest, sollte aber wissen, dass es nicht nur Einblicke in das Privatleben der Autorin gewährt, sondern auch sehr ausführlich über politische und gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen innerhalb und außerhalb des damaligen Amerika berichtet, was ein gewisses Maß an einschlägigem zeitgeschichtlichem Interesse voraussetzt, dann aber erhellende Informationen und Erkenntnisse zu vermitteln vermag.