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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Blanche Wiesen Cook Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781524702809
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The central volume in the definitive biography of America’s most important First Lady.

This volume covers 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, Blanche Wiesen 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reading holds a strong, but unrushed pace that keeps the listener engaged. Her expressive, controlled style avoids sensationalizing the more intense segments regarding Roosevelt’s personal relationships. She guides the listener through the great wealth of detail without losing sight of the larger themes. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Cook gets at the tender, sprightly creature behind the starchy, strident image.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Irresistibly readable…Cook’s portrait of a woman in the thick of things during the hardest of times will stand as definitive.”

    Washington Post

  • “Engrossing.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Cook’s subtle analyses…are bracingly intelligent, her evocation of a remarkable personality rivetingly vivid. Eleanor emerges as neither the liberals’ saint nor the conservatives’ Satan but an entirely human bundle of contradictions: warmhearted, yet ice cold when hurt; happiest in the public arena, yet needing the comfort of private relationships.”


  • “ER went to Washington with doubts and concerns: Would she be able to play a role in the critical issues that had given her life meaning, or would she be forced to serve simply as hostess and housekeeper?…Full of fascinating details.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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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 the author of the three-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt as well as Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution and The Declassified Eisenhower and is a former vice-president for research at the American Historical Association.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received more than thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.