ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: A Friend's Memoir by Joseph P. ash


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To many people and for many years, Mrs. Roosevelt meant the world's first Lady. Her greatness was made up of small things and large, her ""loving indness that reached across the barriers of class, color and caste to the individual human being... never despairing that world could be made a better place to live in."" This book, written by one of the younger men who captured er interest and dedication to the cause of youth, is a different perspective n that greatness. It has the elements which should lead to significant biography ut lacks the biographer's gift to integrate the material at hand. There is an normous amount of primary source records, particularly on the controversial merican Youth Congress direct quotations from conversations, from letters, all ow made available. The book will be tapped by subsequent biographers for the ortrait it gives of Eleanor Roosevelt as an undaunted fighter for what she felt as right, as the wife of a man she knew to be a great world figure, as a comassionate and loyal and devoted mother, and as a tireless worker for the causes the sponsored. Her magnitude is almost, but not quite, captured. But one lives, day by day, year by year, through her participation in the making of history-- ole in which she never saw herself as more than a background figure.

Publisher: oubleday