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If You Ask Me : Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt - Eleanor Roosevelt

If You Ask Me

Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt

eBook Published: 9th October 2018
ISBN: 9781501179815
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Experience the timeless wit and wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt in this annotated collection of candid advice columns that she wrote for more than twenty years.

In 1941, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on a new career as an advice columnist. She had already transformed the role of first lady with her regular press conferences, her activism on behalf of women, minorities, and youth, her lecture tours, and her syndicated newspaper column. When Ladies Home Journal offered her an advice column, she embraced it as yet another way for her to connect with the public. “If You Ask Me” quickly became a lifeline for Americans of all ages.

Over the twenty years that Eleanor wrote her advice column, no question was too trivial and no topic was out of bounds. Practical, warm-hearted, and often witty, Eleanor’s answers were so forthright her editors included a disclaimer that her views were not necessarily those of the magazines or the Roosevelt administration. Asked, for example, if she had any Republican friends, she replied, “I hope so.” Queried about whether or when she would retire, she said, “I never plan ahead.” As for the suggestion that federal or state governments build public bomb shelters, she considered the idea “nonsense.” Covering a wide variety of topics—everything from war, peace, and politics to love, marriage, religion, and popular culture—these columns reveal Eleanor Roosevelt’s warmth, humanity, and timeless relevance.

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“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.”

ISBN: 9781501179815
ISBN-10: 1501179810
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 9th October 2018
Publisher: Atria Books

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