A lively, readable addition to the ""American Women of Achievement"" series, this one tracing Roosevelt's life from birth into a wealthy New York family in 1884 to death in 1962--by which time she had become one of the most admired women in the US. While her character is drawn realistically during youth and early adulthood, the narrative reverts to the public persona after FDR's election to the presidency; his lengthy affair with Lucy Mercer is described as pivotal in Eleanor's developing an independent role. The well-chosen photos have excellent captions, mini-stories in themselves; on the other hand, Matina Homer's scholarly introductory essay, repeated through the series, is not particularly germane here. Despite the existence of several biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt, this is a welcome addition. Chronology; bibliography; index.