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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: 9781524702786
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Here is the first of three volumes in the life of America’s greatest First Lady, “a woman who changed the lives of millions” (Washington Post).

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 volume covers Eleanor Roosevelt’s family and birth, her childhood, education, and marriage and ends with FDR’s election to the presidency—the years of Eleanor’s youth and coming of age.

Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, Blanche Wiesen Cook’s trilogy is an unprecedented portrait of a brave, fierce, passionate political leader of our century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fresh interpretation of the relationship between Roosevelt’s private and public selves..Spirited and absorbing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Intelligent and absorbing.”

    New York magazine

  • “Kudos for Kate Reading and her presentation of the first volume of this biography, which follows Eleanor from birth to FDR’s election in 1933. Reading never succumbs to the temptation to ‘read;' rather, her well-modulated narration assumes the listener’s interest throughout its twelve hours. Potentially tedious passages are fascinating, and sections dealing with Eleanor’s controversial love life are intriguing rather than sensational. This stunning rendering will engage all listeners, including those with little interest in politics, and leave them eagerly awaiting the next volume. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Eleanor Roosevelt’s own extraordinary life deserves wider attention…Cook conscientiously records the achievements and the many unhappinesses—not just the discovery of FDR’s affair with Lucy Rutherford—as well as the consolation of friends, mostly women.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Impassioned and sensitive, tender and angry.”

    David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian

  • “Cook has resurrected a woman who changed the lives of millions.”

    Washington Post

  • 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.