Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was an American politician, diplomat,
writer, and activist. She is also the nation's longest-serving
First Lady (1933 to 1945). A committed advocate for democracy,
civil rights, and social justice, she was tireless in her efforts
to improve political, economic, and social conditions at home and
abroad. She brought the same energy and devotion to her work at the
United Nations where, as chair of the Human Rights Commission she
played a key role in the creation and passage of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (1948). A woman of her time who was
also ahead of her time, she never gave up the struggle to create a
better world because she believed that "lost causes are usually won
in the end."
Mary Jo Binker is a consulting editor for the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University. She has a master's degree in history from George Mason University, where she is an adjunct professor. She was previously the director of the Oral History Program for the Women in Military Service to America Memorial Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. The recipient of the Evelyn Pugh Memorial Fellowship Award at George Mason University, Mary Jo publishes and lectures on the subjects of Eleanor Roosevelt, women's history, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Her work has appeared in Time and the Journal of White House History. She lives and works in Arlington, Virginia.
"Roosevelt emerges as blunt and opinionated, but also open,
compassionate, and genuinely interested in others...Quotable and
surprisingly timely, this optimistic book is both bracing
and comforting." * Publishers Weekly *
"The America that emerges through this 20-year sampling of Roosevelt's advice column is at once familiar and very long gone. We're still wrestling, of course, with arguments over civil liberties, national health care, the Electoral College and institutionalized racism and sexism. Roosevelt gamely weighed in on those "hot button" topics. But then there are a whole slew of other letters here that come out of an America so earnest it almost seems like the product of a work of speculative fiction . . . There's something very democratic about this 20-plus-year monthly "conversation" of sorts."- NPR's "Fresh Air"
"Heartwarming, smart, and at times even humorous, this book highlights a collection of Roosevelt's best columns and allows her warm wit and wisdom to shine as an uplifting and timely 'advice guide.'" - Woman's World