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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 20 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 20 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 that her editors included a disclaimer that her views were not necessarily those of the magazine's 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.   

©1946; 2018 Eleanor Roosevelt; Mary Jo Binker (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Excellent! Packed with wisdom!!

This book is wonderful, packed with wisdom and so much excellent advice from a lady who is so experienced in personal relations, tact, practicality, and maturity!!

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Entertaining ,and thought-provoking

Some of her advice is timeless, and seems she had a great influence on the mores of her generation of women, and politics.

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interesting

I really got a lot out of this audio book. ageless wisdom from Eleanor Roosevelt