"An excellent single-volume biography of America’s greatest first lady . . . Absolutely spellbinding."
—Douglas Brinkley, The Washington Post
"Stunning. . . . Gives us a sympathetic view of a complicated woman who changed and grew with every challenge. . . . As readers will learn from Mr. Michaelis’s superb account, Eleanor was publicly influential until the very end."
—Susan Butler, The Wall Street Journal
"Michalelis's thrillingly intimate biography of Eleanor Roosevelt reads like a can't-put-down novel."
“This is the perfect biography for our times: the story of a determined woman who willed herself to become a voice for the voiceless, a fighter for freedom, and a tribune for the nobility of America’s true values. This comprehensive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, filled with new information, portrays her in all of her glorious complexity. It’s a wonderful read with valuable lessons about leadership, partnership, and love.”
–Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci
"Eleanor Roosevelt was the most important first lady in American history. . . . Michaelis’s Eleanor is the first major single-volume biography in more than half a century, and a terrific resource."
—Gail Collins, The New York Times
“David Michaelis has brought us a fresh, luminous, gripping and beautifully written account of a great American life, whose meaning and lessons are now more important and relevant than ever. Especially in these times, it is a gift for us to be able to rediscover Eleanor Roosevelt.”
–Michael Beschloss, author of Presidents of War
"Presidents come and go, but there was only one Eleanor Roosevelt. At last, we have a world-class biography for a life that changed the world. This is a stunning achievement."
–Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge and Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College (CUNY)
“Pauli Murray, the groundbreaking African-American human rights activist, lawyer, and priest, said that ‘the measure’ of Eleanor Roosevelt’s ‘greatness was in her capacity for growth.’ It is that extraordinary growth which David Michaelis brilliantly documents in Eleanor.”
–Patricia Bell-Scott, author of The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice