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Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1: 1884-1933by Blanche Wiesen Cook
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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.
Available again in time for election season, Eleanor Roosevelt's most important book—a battle cry for civil rights
As relevant and influential now as it was when first published in 1963, Tomorrow Is Now is Eleanor Roosevelt's manifesto and her final effort to move America toward the community she hoped it would become. In bold, blunt prose, one of the greatest First Ladies of American history traces her country's struggle to embrace democracy and presents her declaration against fear, timidity, complacency, and national arrogance. An open, unrestrained look into her mind and heart as well as a clarion call to action, Tomorrow Is Now is the work Eleanor Roosevelt willed herself to stay alive to finish writing. For this edition, former U.S. President Bill Clinton contributes a new foreword and Roosevelt historian Allida Black provides an authoritative introduction focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt’s diplomatic career.
Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and injustice and advancing the rights of women; and in her private life, forming lasting intimate friendships with some of the great men and women of her times.
This landmark biography provides a compelling new evaluation of one of the most inspiring women in American political history. Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, it presents an unprecedented portrait of a brave, fierce, passionate political lerader of our century.
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 Acknowledgment
1. Ancestry and Heritage
2. Elliott and Anna
3. Childhood of Tears and Loss
4. Years of Dreams and Longing
5. Allenswood and Marie Souvestre
6. Coming Out and Courting
7. Franklin and Me, and Sara Makes Three
8. Eleanor Roosevelt, Political Wife
9. The Roosevelts in Wilson's Washington
10. 1919 20: Race Riots and Red Scare, Grief and Renewal
11. The Campaign of 1920 and Louis Howe
12. ER and the New Women of the 1920s: Esther Lape and Elizabeth Read, First Feminist Friends
13. Convalescence, Marital Unity, and Separate Spheres: Polio, Val-Kill, and Warm Springs
14. ER, Political Boss
15. New York's First Lady, Part-Time
16. Teaching and Todhunter
17. ER at Forty-five
18. Earl Miller: A Champion of Her Own
19. Assignment ER: Lorena Hickok and the 1932 Campaign
20. The First Lady's First Friend
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