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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Blanche Wiesen Cook Narrator: Blanche Wiesen Cook Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Eleanor Roosevelt is the most important woman in American political history, and in this definitive biography, Blanche Wiesen Cook recreates her in all of her roles -- as a visionary, an activist, a political wife, and a woman far more independent than we knew.

No other First Lady has had a greater influence in the course of democracy in this century, and no other book about Eleanor Roosevelt captures the complexity of her character - her wit, her passion, her boldness, and her commitment to greater dignity and security for all women and men. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 2/16/2014

    " I was surprised at how much I was able to learn about the Roosevelt administration and policies. Eleanor was so involved in it all and this book focused in detail on her involvement in shaping the new deal policies - but also on ER's own socail policy interests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Becker | 2/12/2014

    " Both Volumes I & II are interesting in-depth information about this very fascinating and complex person. It describes her childhood, her marriage, her friends, and the many things that she accomplished. She was involved in more than any other first lady and opened doors in her own way. She continued her work after her husband's death both politically and personally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/29/2014

    " I thought I liked Eleanor Roosevelt but after reading Volume 1, whew. What an admirable woman she is - strength of character AND conviction. She amazes. This is a rich biography. I will read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/29/2013

    " What a fascinating life Eleanor had. She really had to give up alot of her ideals and goals to keep FDR happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Katz | 12/19/2013

    " A fascinating, insightful, well-written, and thoroughly researched biography. In short, a gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/18/2013

    " Such an incredible book. Such depth and truth to this amazing woman who overcame so much. Cook has way of pulling you into Eleanor's life and making you experience everything with her. She gives you enough detail to be involved, but doesn't weight you down in pointless correspondence or stories. A great biography for anyone wanting an honest account of Eleanor's pre-White House years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena | 12/17/2013

    " Poor woman! She did not have it easy and managed to make an amazing life for herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 12/8/2013

    " This is an incredibly detailed biography of the first half of Eleanor's life. \ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 12/2/2013

    " Long extensive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt that only goes to 1938. Interesting to read about her personal life and her relationships with some of her close female friends. It is also revealing the major political differences she had with FDR. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Sterkowitz | 11/11/2013

    " Eleanor is now my hero. She worked tirelessly for those less fortunate. This book helped to dissolve those preconceived notions that swirl about in the media. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 10/30/2013

    " I have been meaning to read this book for several years, and once I picked it up, it was difficult to put down. Compelling, with a blend of sadness and optimism. I am looking forward to reading volume II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/12/2013

    " One of the best biographies I have read, it's only downside was the length and it was only volume 1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/11/2013

    " Cook clearly captured the multi-dimensional and complex life of Eleanor Roosevelt. I can hardly wait to read part II. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 9/5/2013

    " I've really enjoyed this biography. Wiesen Cook does a good job balancing the personal and public elements of Roosevelt's life and seems particularly careful not to oversimplify her motives or take stories at face value. The one thing that annoys me is the use of initials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 9/5/2013

    " Absorbing bio. Inspiring too, and, yep, she was bi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elissa | 9/4/2013

    " Very thorough research. I gave it 2 stars not because the quality of the work was poor; but rather because I didn't care for the author's style, and therefore didn't enjoy reading it. Much preferred No Ordinary Time, and will have to keep hunting for another Eleanor biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 8/9/2013

    " Superb research. Utterly engrossing. I look forward to beginning Volume Two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 4/22/2013

    " I had been inspired to read this after reading some of the mystery series her son Elliott wrote. This is a great lady, flawed and yet inspiring in her persute of higher learning and living for all persons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 4/14/2013

    " I can't really explain it but ever since I was in grade school and read a book on Eleanor I've had this strange fondness for her. Maybe we were friends in a past life. At any rate I speed through both of Ms. Cook's books. I will admit to liking the first one more than the second volume. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alissa skovira | 1/25/2013

    " A wonderful book. This woman was amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/26/2012

    " Eleanor Roosevelt is one of my heroes - dashing, bright, full of life and faced her adversities full on. In this book you can clearly see her as a force for many of the social programs than came about during her husband's presidency. She was an amazing woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/11/2012

    " fascinating woman, very readable biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 10/20/2012

    " Superb!!! A woman way before her time. Issues are still the same. History does repeat itself. People are still people. Looking forward to reading Vol II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulatics | 10/14/2012

    " The more I learn about Eleanor Roosevelt, the more impressive she becomes. Brilliant, talented, unafraid and ahead of her time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie F | 5/16/2012

    " Excellent! One of those books you can't put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 4/4/2012

    " What an awesome lady! This really underscores all of her accomplishments and the trials she had to endure in order to be America's First Lady as well as to be true to herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 3/8/2012

    " Excellent biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, a strong woman for her time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia Larkin | 2/24/2012

    " Why did editor's let Eleanor write a book? I only read through the first 3 chapters...could not take the minutia..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alissa | 6/12/2011

    " A wonderful book. This woman was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacki | 2/21/2011

    " This lady is truly inspirational. I loved her spirit and her defiance against her husband and society by fighting for civil rights for minorities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/31/2010

    " What a fascinating life Eleanor had. She really had to give up alot of her ideals and goals to keep FDR happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 7/13/2010

    " I've really enjoyed this biography. Wiesen Cook does a good job balancing the personal and public elements of Roosevelt's life and seems particularly careful not to oversimplify her motives or take stories at face value. The one thing that annoys me is the use of initials. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/14/2009

    " Superb!!! A woman way before her time. Issues are still the same. History does repeat itself. People are still people. Looking forward to reading Vol II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 3/26/2009

    " I have been meaning to read this book for several years, and once I picked it up, it was difficult to put down. Compelling, with a blend of sadness and optimism. I am looking forward to reading volume II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena | 2/2/2009

    " Poor woman! She did not have it easy and managed to make an amazing life for herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 1/24/2009

    " I heart historical figures, and I've always had a special place in my heart for Eleanor. This book was interesting, addictive, and phat...basically a keeper! I'm excited to read book 2! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/22/2009

    " Absorbing bio. Inspiring too, and, yep, she was bi. "

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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.