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The Autobiography of Eleanor Rooselvelt

English: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Li...

English: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum ID #65732 Eleanor Roosevelt at United Nations (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This book is a compilation of three separate works, This is my Story, This I Remember, and On My Own.It also includes an addendum, entitled “The Search for Understanding,” which brings the reader up to the 1960 election. While Eleanor Roosevelt was the niece of Teddy Roosevelt and, obviously, the wife of Franklin Roosevelt, she strove hard to protect and develop her own identity.

Though she came from a rich family, and she married into a rich family, Eleanor Roosevelt always worked. She could have lived comfortably after her husband died, but instead she chose to continue writing her columns for the newspaper and for magazines. Even though she was born before women could vote, she became a leader in her political party, and she also served as Harry Truman’s first representative to the United Nations. After her seventy-fifth birthday, she wanted to have her own television and radio programs but was considered too controversial to attract sponsors. She did eventually do commercials for a margarine company just to prove that she could still be marketable, however.Eleanor Roosevelt was the first to suggest that we should publicly elect the electors to political conventions so that the conventions would not be decided by political bosses. She was also mindful of the U.S.S.R, and she had a lot of good ideas about how to thwart the spread of socialism in foreign affairs.

The mother of six children, Eleanor Roosevelt is currently thought by many to be lesbian in her sexuality. While she never “comes out” publicly after FDR’s death, the book alludes to her relationship with “Tommy,” her lifelong friend and secretary. She was a feminist before Betty Friedan wrote her famous book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to women and men alike. It shows what women of industry can accomplish in a lifetime.


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