Friday, December 5, 2014

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt...Review and Giveaway!

I have been working on lots of children's book reviews over the past few days so how about something for the grownups?? I just finished reading The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt this past week and it was a wonderful read. Here is the scoop from the publisher...

About the Book

A candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century, First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.
The daughter of one of New York’s most influential families, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt witnessed some of the most remarkable decades in modern history, as America transitioned from the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, and the Depression to World War II and the Cold War.
A champion of the downtrodden, Eleanor drew on her experience and used her role as First Lady to help those in need. Intimately involved in her husband’s political life, from the governorship of New York to the White House, Eleanor would eventually become a powerful force of her own, heading women’s organizations and youth movements, and battling for consumer rights, civil rights, and improved housing. In the years after FDR’s death, this inspiring, controversial, and outspoken leader would become a U.N. Delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, a newspaper columnist, Democratic party activist, world-traveler, and diplomat devoted to the ideas of liberty and human rights.
This single volume biography brings her into focus through her own words, illuminating the vanished world she grew up, her life with her political husband, and the post-war years when she worked to broaden cooperation and understanding at home and abroad.
The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt includes 16 pages of black-and-white photos.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I already knew plenty about Eleanor Roosevelt from history but it was a treat to hear about her life in her own words and not from the text of a history book.  Roosevelt was an inspiring woman and way ahead of her time when it come to civil rights.  It was  fascinating to hear about all the people she came into contact without throughout her life and all the ways she went about helping them.  Eleanor Roosevelt was certainly not the woman behind the President she was clearly working right alongside him to make our country a better place and the lives of its' citizens more equally balanced and fulfilling.  If you are looking for an inspiring piece of history, this is the book for you.  If we all were the listeners and activists like Eleanor Roosevelt was, this world would be an amazing place to be.

Buy it HERE.

I am so pleased to tell you that one lucky reader will win a copy of The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt.  Thanks to Harper Collins for the great book and giveaway!  To enter use the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

33 comments:

janetfaye said...

Mahatma Gandhi inspires me.

Carl Scott said...

I've always admired Gandhi and MLK Jr. Thanks.

Jackie said...

Mother Teresa. She was so kind and gentle.

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

I love Eleanor Roosevelt - she was always told she was ugly but she overcame it and look at all she did!

kathy dalton said...

I was truly inspired by Barbara Bush

Julie Waldron said...

The Kennedy's inspire me.

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Audra said...

Marilyn Monroe she was so elegant and talented

Jennifer Cervantes said...

I love mother Theresa she was so loving and kind.

Shelly Leatham said...

Amelia Earhart inspired me

templarlady said...

Amelia Earhart

Shutterbug Sister said...

Eleanor does! Clara Barton, Mary Slessor, Gladys Alyward, and many more!! :D

Soo said...

JFK inspires me.

Samantha Plotkin said...

Baroness Maria Von Trapp inspires me.

r said...

Def. Eleanor Roosevelt, but also all of the people who risked their lives to save others during the holocaust. I just read A Train in Winter, about the resistance, and it is so moving!

blew415 said...

Katherine Swizter

Dana Redmond said...

MLK, Jr. was and still is so inspirational. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'd love to learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt.

Pat said...

Mother Teresa inspires me.

Kathy Anderson said...

Jesus Christ is pretty inspiring.

Amy said...

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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Thanks!

Esme said...

Mother Teresa was very inspirational!

eclairre said...

Mother Teresa

Lisa Vanhook said...

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! agree %100..!

Clair Freebie said...

Mother Teresa for her patience and kindness

Nancy said...

Anne Frank inspires me.

Nancy
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amweeks said...

Susan B. Anthony and all women suffragettes inspire me!

Kimberly said...

John F. Kennedy inspires me.

Bonnie Boucek said...

Catherine the Great, Homer, Peter the Great, MLK, FDR, JFK, Reagan, and so many others.

kmcgrew213 said...

Maya Angelou.

and Susan B Anthony.

thanks!

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Amanda B. said...

Michelle Obama

Birdhouse Books said...

I really admire Mother Teresa.

Marnie G (Derrick Todd) said...

Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and MLK inspire me.