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World of Love: Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Friends, 1943-1962 Hardcover – August, 1987

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 610 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st ed. after a priv. prin. signed limited ed edition (August 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385170548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385170543
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,657,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth Blum on May 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This collection of letters written by Eleanor Roosevelt from 1943-1962 documents this remarkable woman's service to mankind, and the bottomless well of compassion and love that was at the center of her being.
Of particular interest is her unusual and unfulfilled romantic attachment to two men: the author, Joseph P. Lash, and a doctor she met on a trip to Switzerland, Dr. David Gurewitsch.
The letters reveal her devotion to her children, who were a source of frequent disappointment and frustration. They also are a testament to her unbelievable energy. Mrs. Roosevelt's travel schedule, even in her final years, would be a challenge to the youngest and heartiest of globetrotters.
The book does have weaknesses. The author seems to make the assumption that the reader is either familiar with his earlier books about the Roosevelts, or has some other source of knowledge about Mrs. Roosevelt's relationships to the persons to whom she writes in A World of Love.
More background information about the recipients of the letters is needed throughout, and this is particularly true in the case of Mrs. Roosevelt's relationship to Mr. Lash and his wife, Trude. Also, the two should be included in the picture sections of the book. Perhaps the fact that they are not is a sign of the author's modesty but, nevertheless, it is a definite oversight.
A World of Love is a worthwhile read for any admirer of one of history's most dynamic and selfless women. But this book could have been a world better if the narrative had included more information about the people who were fortunate enough to attract Eleanor Roosevelt's attention and affection.
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Format: Hardcover
My late stepfather is mentioned in this book. I have many of his letters. Only toward the end of his life did he speak/write about, "the famous people I have known". When I asked him about his mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, he never had a word to say about her so-called 'unfulfilled romantic relationships'!
How typical it is of present culture to delve into the private lives, and it seems private thoughts, of famous figures of history and ascribe their private lives as the focus rather than the significant accomplishments and support she gave to this country and to her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt of Hyde Park, New York.

Review this book in light of history and not gossip! History always speaks louder and longer!
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Better than advertised.
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