A blend of personal history detailing Eleanor Roosevelt's struggle with issues of marriage, motherhood, financial independence, and femininity, and a portrait of one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world.
This riveting and enlightening account of Eleanor Roosevelt's fascinating life offers us glimpses of the Roosevelt life few of us could have imagined ... A terrible irony jumps off the pages of Russell's work here: We still are waging the same wars for equality and justice that Eleanor Roosevelt waged starting a century ago.
A study of how a New York City community nurtured Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and thought ... journalist Russell offers a sympathetic portrait of Roosevelt, highlighting her long connection to Greenwich Village society and politics ... Besides chronicling Eleanor’s evolution as a public figure in her own right, Russell examines her flirtations and affairs, especially with newspaperwoman Lorena Hickok ... An admiring profile of an estimable woman.
Journalist Russell analyzes the powerful influence of Greenwich Village on the life and politics of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) in this immersive history ... Russell has plenty of details to back up her argument that Greenwich Village was essential to forming Roosevelt’s character, and laces the narrative with illuminating asides about New York City history. The result is an original look at an iconic figure of American politics.