Outing Mrs. Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt: Vol. 1, 1884–1933

by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Sometime early in his marriage, Franklin Roosevelt set out to write a novel. Its hero was to be George Richards, a young Chicago millionaire who had made his money manufacturing soap. FDR never got beyond the second page, but he did keep at it long enough to include an admiring …

Wonder Woman

American Cassandra: The Life of Dorothy Thompson

by Peter Kurth
When Dorothy Thompson’s last collection of columns, The Courage to Be Happy, was published in 1957 and got a friendly review from The New York Times, its author professed to be disappointed. “It’s a magnificent testimony to my character—of the ‘whether you agree with her or not’ variety—“ she complained …