Faculty Book: Blanche Wiesen Cook
Blanche Wiesen Cook Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 (Viking, 2017)
Historians, politicians, critics, and readers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt as the essential portrait of a woman who towers over the twentieth century. The third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR’s death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage, as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them. Eleanor Roosevelt continued to struggle for her core issues — economic security, New Deal reforms, racial equality, and rescue — when they were sidelined by FDR while he marshaled the country through war. This is a sympathetic but unblinking portrait of a marriage and of a woman whose passion and commitment has inspired generations of Americans to seek a decent future for all people.
Blanche Wiesen Cook (GC/John Jay) is a distinguished professor of history.
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Submitted on: OCT 13, 2016