Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After 1939-1962  with Blanche Wiesen Cook

  Thursday, November 29th AT THE GENERAL SOCIETY LIBRARY

The lecture starts at 6:30 P.M.  – Q&A, BOOK-SIGNING & RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook is the magisterial concluding volume in the definitive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. The bookhas been praised by historians, politicians, critics, and readers everywhere as the essential portrait of a woman who towers over the twentieth century.

During Ms. Wiesen Cook’s presentation, she will discuss this final volume that takes us through the arc of World War II and the evolution of a marriage. The war years made Eleanor Roosevelt the woman she became: leader, visionary, guiding light. FDR’s death in 1945 changed her world, but she was far from finished, returning to the spotlight as a crucial player in the founding of the United Nations.

BLANCHE WIESEN COOK is a distinguished professor of history at John Jay College and Graduate Center, City University of New York. In addition to her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, her other books include The Declassified Eisenhower and Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution. She was featured on air in Ken Burns’s recent documentary, The Roosevelts.

“The completion of Blanche Wiesen Cook’s monumental and inspirational life of Eleanor Roosevelt is a notable event. . . . Volume 3 continues the story of Eleanor’s ‘journey to greatness.’ Keeping the focus on her actions and reactions, Cook skillfully narrates the epic history of the war years. It’s a tribute to Cook’s rich portrait that after three enormous volumes I still wanted to know more.”

The New York Times Book Review

Free Admission. Advance Registration is necessary. To reserve your place, please click here.

The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural  A­ffairs, in partnership with the City Council.