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Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933 Paperback – March 1, 1993
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Not once in all my years of school have I ever had a history class that focused on the great women leaders in our nation's history--including Eleanor Roosevelt. It is a travesty that needs to be rectified ... and it can be by reading this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.
What a woman! Was she perfect? No. Did she always do the right thing? Nope. Was she always presented in the best possible light? Nada.
Instead, what Blanche Cook did was present a portrait of a very real Eleanor Roosevelt--warts and all.
I never once gave consideration to reading about Eleanor--until I read a NEW YORK TIMES' review of the second volume of the biography. It compelled me to purchase the first; I will now read the second. I would encourage any and all women to do the same simply because what we have been able to accomplish in today's world can be directly connected to Eleanor Roosevelt, her contemporaries, and her mentors.
We owe it to her legacy; we also owe it to the children of today's schools to learn about her in our history classes. These women deserve mention as much--if not more--than the heroes of the Revolutionary War, the great presidents, the fighters of the Civil War, the World Wars, etc., etc.
The author manages to avoid the stilted, scholarly tone I came to loath as a history major, and provides instead a highly-readable biography of a complex woman who carved her own role while supporting and advising her husband. Theirs might not have been a successful marriage in the traditional sense, but make no mistake, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were true partners. FDR was incredibly supportive of his wife and her friends. And Eleanor, who was certainly heartbroken when she discovered her husband's infidelity, was an straightforward and loving ally to FDR throughout his career.
I doubt we will see their likes again.