If You Ask Me: Essential Advice From Eleanor Roosevelt

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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.


  • 001 IfYouAskMe Title

    Duração: 37s
  • 002 IfYouAskMe Forward

    Duração: 03min
  • 003 IfYouAskMe Introduction

    Duração: 12min
  • 004 IfYouAskMe Timeline

    Duração: 14min
  • 005 IfYouAskMe Chapter1

    Duração: 19min
  • 006 IfYouAskMe Chapter2

    Duração: 19min
  • 007 IfYouAskMe Chapter3

    Duração: 01h09min
  • 008 IfYouAskMe Chapter4

    Duração: 17min
  • 009 IfYouAskMe Chapter5

    Duração: 58min
  • 010 IfYouAskMe Chapter6

    Duração: 24min
  • 011 IfYouAskMe Chapter7

    Duração: 23min
  • 012 IfYouAskMe Chapter8

    Duração: 01h25min
  • 013 IfYouAskMe Chapter9

    Duração: 01h03min
  • 014 IfYouAskMe Chapter10

    Duração: 25min
  • 015 IfYouAskMe Credits

    Duração: 01min