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Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life (Library of American Biography Series)

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This biography offers a clear, concise and moving portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. Her wisdom, kindness, trials and tribulations serve as wonderful examples of the power of human dignity, and of the ability of extraordinary people to captivate America . The titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey cours This biography offers a clear, concise and moving portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. Her wisdom, kindness, trials and tribulations serve as wonderful examples of the power of human dignity, and of the ability of extraordinary people to captivate America . The titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. At the same time, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.


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This biography offers a clear, concise and moving portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. Her wisdom, kindness, trials and tribulations serve as wonderful examples of the power of human dignity, and of the ability of extraordinary people to captivate America . The titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey cours This biography offers a clear, concise and moving portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. Her wisdom, kindness, trials and tribulations serve as wonderful examples of the power of human dignity, and of the ability of extraordinary people to captivate America . The titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. At the same time, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

30 review for Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life (Library of American Biography Series)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book provided me a more complete history of what was possibly the most dramatic and dynamic time in American history. Eleanor was born in 1884 - 6 yrs before my own grandmother, and died in 1962- 6 yrs after I was born. And still, my understanding of that time span is limited to high school history and a little extra-curricular reading. Knowing a bit about the documented changes that took place here and world wide from the pre-'Great War' period to Kennedy's presidency, I learned much about This book provided me a more complete history of what was possibly the most dramatic and dynamic time in American history. Eleanor was born in 1884 - 6 yrs before my own grandmother, and died in 1962- 6 yrs after I was born. And still, my understanding of that time span is limited to high school history and a little extra-curricular reading. Knowing a bit about the documented changes that took place here and world wide from the pre-'Great War' period to Kennedy's presidency, I learned much about the re-thinking that took place inside America, and in particular, Eleanor quite significant role in it. "A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." ER She certainly spoke from experience. Her personal journey, from a New York elitist to, without question, becoming a compassionate, active, and almost certainly one of the most influential women of the 2oth century, is one formed in the midst of abandonment and self-doubt. I had wanted to read Eleanor's autobiography "This is My Story", but the local library carries only Youngs' book. The writing itself was fairly dry and, at times, disjointed. After finishing it, I was left still wanting, at some point,to read her own account and perhaps that of another biographer, to get a more complete picture of the woman who said: "Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ross

    It's one of those books that makes you think 'My God life would be easier if I inherited an immense fortune and never had to work a day in my life.' The social elite of the 19th Century. :P It's one of those books that makes you think 'My God life would be easier if I inherited an immense fortune and never had to work a day in my life.' The social elite of the 19th Century. :P

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Decent jumping-off point for learning about Eleanor Roosevelt. However, this book is pretty bad. It focuses way too much on the men in her life. The first third is almost entirely about her father, for instance, and every section seems to have a leading man in it for Youngs to define her by. My most repeated annotation is "But how do you know that?" along with "Why would you say that?" This book is stuffed full of conjecture and strange observations. It would have benefited from footnotes rather Decent jumping-off point for learning about Eleanor Roosevelt. However, this book is pretty bad. It focuses way too much on the men in her life. The first third is almost entirely about her father, for instance, and every section seems to have a leading man in it for Youngs to define her by. My most repeated annotation is "But how do you know that?" along with "Why would you say that?" This book is stuffed full of conjecture and strange observations. It would have benefited from footnotes rather than A Note on the Sources. I was very frustrated reading this book, to say the least.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I really enjoyed this book. Having said that, though, I did find the last part less interesting than the rest of the book. I found that it got a bit bogged down in the minutiae of her accomplishments after FDR had passed. She lived quite the rich life and even though married for four decades with many children, friends and acquaintances, hers was a rather lonely, sad one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Mason

    This is a good overview and introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt's life. It is not a very personal book and makes few assumptions, but is very well documented. I feel like it gave me a good sense of her ideology and life, but I would like to read a more expansive book. I would recommend this book. This is a good overview and introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt's life. It is not a very personal book and makes few assumptions, but is very well documented. I feel like it gave me a good sense of her ideology and life, but I would like to read a more expansive book. I would recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Good start to learning about the life of one of the most incredible women in US history. Her personal life seems exceedingly depressing in this account of her story. I think the author did not do justice to some of the great accomplishments and relationships she had outside of her marriage. Not sure the author gave FDR a fair assessment as he came accross as treating his wife as he would another man and was a compulsive liar and cheat. Hopefully reading an autobiography will give a better view i Good start to learning about the life of one of the most incredible women in US history. Her personal life seems exceedingly depressing in this account of her story. I think the author did not do justice to some of the great accomplishments and relationships she had outside of her marriage. Not sure the author gave FDR a fair assessment as he came accross as treating his wife as he would another man and was a compulsive liar and cheat. Hopefully reading an autobiography will give a better view into her life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rayna Wang

    Best for those with limited time and seeking a quick overview of Eleanor's life and character. A short biography that gives a quick glimpse into important events in Eleanor's life. Though given the limits of the book's length, it does not delve deeply into either character analysis or too much details. Nevertheless a good intro into Eleanor, and a nice sketch of her key traits. Best for those with limited time and seeking a quick overview of Eleanor's life and character. A short biography that gives a quick glimpse into important events in Eleanor's life. Though given the limits of the book's length, it does not delve deeply into either character analysis or too much details. Nevertheless a good intro into Eleanor, and a nice sketch of her key traits.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamyang Gyaltsen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. good and inspiring

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura Fennell

    I'd rather read something SHE wrote, but interesting nonetheless. I'd rather read something SHE wrote, but interesting nonetheless.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    She continues to inspire. This is a great look at her behind the scenes life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    She was a great humanitarian and I agree with the author that she should have received the Nobel Prize.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charmaine Puzey

    I really liked this book. I love reading about people, but I don't think I would recommend it to people unless they really like biographies also. I really liked this book. I love reading about people, but I don't think I would recommend it to people unless they really like biographies also.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily Bertsch

  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

    KarenC85

  16. 4 out of 5

    Casey Gattshall

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nila Parmerlee

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Perry

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Charissa Longerbeam

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Estep

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