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Feminists, historians, politicians, and critics everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of the towering female figure of the twentieth century. In her long-awaited second volume, Cook delves into the monumental era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the gathering storms of World War II — the years of the Roosevelts' greatest challenges and achievements. Cook gives us the complete Eleanor Roosevelt — a visionary policy-maker and social activist, a loyal wife, a devoted mother, and a woman who courted romance and adventure. She wrote, she published, she traveled, she lobbied, she joined grassroots organizations and radical communities with a zeal that sparked controversy everywhere.

Intimate, sympathetic, and acute, this is an unparalleled portrait of a woman whose life was filled with passionate commitment and who struggled for personal fulfillment. It is a biography of vibrant scholarship and daring, a book for all readers of American history and politics, and, finally, a book for everyone who cares about a decent future for all people.

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In her remarkably engaging narrative, Cook profiles the complete Eleanor Roosevelt: an adventurous, romantic woman, devoted wife and mother, and visionary policymaker and social activist who often took unpopular stands counter to her husband's policies. A biography of scholarship and daring, it is a volume for all readers of American history. 32 photos.

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A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill

By Winston Churchills own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible without her.” Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchills wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDRs initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britains close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort.

Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent, but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.

Synopsis:

Historians, politicians, feminists, critics, and reviewers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's monumental Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of this towering female figure of the twentieth century. Now in her long-awaited, majestic second volume, Cook takes readers through the tumultuous era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the gathering storms of World War II, the years of the Roosevelts' greatest challenges and finest achievements. In her remarkably engaging narrative, Cook gives us the complete Eleanor Roosevelt— an adventurous, romantic woman, a devoted wife and mother, and a visionary policymaker and social activist who often took unpopular stands, counter to her husband's policies, especially on issues such as racial justice and women's rights. A biography of scholarship and daring, it is a book for all readers of American history.

About the Author

Blanche Wiesen Cook is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is senior editor of the Garland Library of War and Peace, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One: 1884-1933 (available from Viking and Penguin), Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution and The Declassified Eisenhower, and is a former vice-president for research at the American Historical Association.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Becoming First Lady

2. Public and Private Domains

3. ER's Revenge: Henrietta Nesbit, Head Housekeeper

4. Mobilizing the Women's Network: Friendships, Press Conferences, Patronage

5. ER's New Deal for Women

6. Family Discord and the London Economic Conference

7. Private Times and Reports from Germany

8. Creating a New Community

9. The Quest for Racial Justice

10. The Crusade to End Lynching

11. Private Friendship, Public Time

12. Negotiating the Political Rapids

13. 1935: Promises and Compromises

14. The Victories of Summer, 1935

15: Mobilizing for New Action

16: A Silence Beyond Repair

17: Red Scare and Campaign Strategies, 1936

18: The Roosevelt Hearth, After Howe

19: The Election of 1936

20: Postelection Missions

21: Second Chance for the New Deal

22: 1937: To Build a New Movement

23: A First Lady's Survival: Work and Run

24: This Is My Story

25: This Troubled World, 1938

26: Race Radicals, Youth and Hope

27: Storms on Every Front

Notes

Notes on Sources and Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140178944
Author:
Cook, Blanche Wiesen
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Cook, Blanche Wiesen
Author:
Purnell, Sonia
Location:
New York
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
Subject:
Presidents' spouses
Subject:
Wives
Subject:
First Ladies
Subject:
Roosevelt, Eleanor
Subject:
Presidents' spouses -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-First Ladies
Subject:
Biography-Political
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1938
Series Volume:
107-202
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 448 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140178944 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In her remarkably engaging narrative, Cook profiles the complete Eleanor Roosevelt: an adventurous, romantic woman, devoted wife and mother, and visionary policymaker and social activist who often took unpopular stands counter to her husband's policies. A biography of scholarship and daring, it is a volume for all readers of American history. 32 photos.
"Synopsis" by ,
A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill

By Winston Churchills own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible without her.” Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchills wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDRs initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britains close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort.

Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent, but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.

"Synopsis" by ,
Historians, politicians, feminists, critics, and reviewers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's monumental Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of this towering female figure of the twentieth century. Now in her long-awaited, majestic second volume, Cook takes readers through the tumultuous era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the gathering storms of World War II, the years of the Roosevelts' greatest challenges and finest achievements. In her remarkably engaging narrative, Cook gives us the complete Eleanor Roosevelt— an adventurous, romantic woman, a devoted wife and mother, and a visionary policymaker and social activist who often took unpopular stands, counter to her husband's policies, especially on issues such as racial justice and women's rights. A biography of scholarship and daring, it is a book for all readers of American history.
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