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My Day: The Best Of Eleanor Roosevelt's Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962 Paperback – March 6, 2001
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I like her down to earth writing. She has written about ordinary things and left some things unsaid which is fine. She came from a very reserved background so it's to be expected. Her childhood was during a very different time than today. That she did so much for others is evidence of that upbringing.
After reading this book, I visited Hyde Park. I went first to her house at Val-Kill before I went to the Big House and Library. I recommend a visit to everyone because I believe you get a real feel for her there. At Val-Kill it's like she has just stepped out for a moment, but will be back.
I recommend this book to everyone. Editors give background information before each selection for those who weren't alive during the time. Eleanor did not go into great detail in her columns as, of course, her readers at the time would know what she was talking about.
I had actually known very little about Eleanor Roosevelt before reading this book. It was wonderful to both learn about her and view the world through her eyes. She lived to be almost eighty and her life was never dull. One can only aspire to be a fraction as active as she. A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt is fascinating because you really get sense of how she developed as a person. It was a slow process for her and she didn't become the independent person we think of until well into her middle age. I particularly enjoyed the later part of the book where I learned about her work with the UN and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also shares more of her personal thoughts and ideas at the end. (These comments were sadly missing from earlier parts of the book that covered the Depression, WWII and FDR's presidency.) I also liked her accounts of visiting many newly independent nations in Africa and Asia. Many of Eleanor's thoughts about world affairs are still applicable today (despite being post-Cold-War). I was impressed with how humble yet fearless Eleanor Roosevelt was. She was a true inspiration.
being with her again.... thank you to all who contributed in making this memory come alive for me.
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Fascinating examples of history repeating itself. Man never learns.Published 1 month ago by Jill McCabe
I have really enjoyed this book. I have learned a great deal about the author and the Roosevelt years, including WWII. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wally Who
I was anticipating more of Eleanor's writing and less introductions - while I understand the need to put her daily messages in context, it left this reader with seeing her writing... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Teri
This book reminded me a lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder's farm woman columns. Same "slice of life" writing. A look at a by-gone era.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
No real plot, Which makes the reading a little less interesting though it is meant to be a collection of memoirs, so if that is what you're looking for you may enjoy it.Published 19 months ago by A.Aue
Started with other books about Mrs. Roosevelt and ordered this one. Fun reading about an era I'd only heard about.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer