Book Review: The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt

The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt
By:  Michele Wehrwein Albion
Genre: Biography
272 pages
Publisher: University Press of Florida 
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Born to one of the wealthiest families in New York City, Eleanor Roosevelt seemed destined for a sedate and comfortable life. Instead, she fell in love with her fifth cousin and was flung into the highest levels of American politics, culminating in Franklin's unprecedented four-term presidency. Before her, no first lady had ever held a press conference or written a syndicated column. Eleanor spoke at national conventions and often made appearances on her husband's behalf. Her own influence lasted years beyond his death. She advocated for human rights, worked with the United Nations, and supported what later became the civil rights movement. The fascinating quotes in this collection are the words of an articulate, honest, and thoughtful woman. Of war, she said, "I hope the day will come when all that inventing and mechanical genius will be used for other purposes." In her column for Ladies' Home Journal, she wrote, "Freedom from want means being sure that if you want to work, you can get a job and that job will pay you sufficient to give you and your family a decent standard of living."  Organized by topic--government, money, art, education, class, relationships, emotions--these quotations reveal the personal thoughts Roosevelt shared in letters and conversations alongside the strong opinions she expressed in speeches and interviews, giving evidence to her character and her beliefs. Her words continue to resonate today.

My Thoughts:
I am an admirer of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. I think she was a fascinating woman that did a lot of good works. So, I was excited to be able to read this book. It did not disappoint. Through the collected quotes it provided a vivid picture of Ms. Roosevelt. I found it to be an enlightening and interesting read. So, it's a four tea-cupper.


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