Magazine November 21, 2016, Issue

Grande Dame

Eleanor Roosevelt at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Aiea Heights near Pearl Harbor, September 21, 1943 (FDR Presidential Library & Museum)
Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939–1962, by Blanche Wiesen Cook (Viking, 688 pp., $40)

Little Anna Eleanor was a troubled child. She spent much of her girlhood following her mother and father on their pilgrimages to European spas and Kur­häuser; daddy had a drinking problem and was to die at 34. She was ten at the time, a “plain, insecure, lonely little girl,” “sullen and rebellious,” who was ex­pelled from her French convent school “for tantrums and lies.”

She entered the Allenswood school in England, and became the favorite pupil of the headmistress, Marie Souvestre; in that Sapphic atmosphere of poetry and high ideals, she throve. But her grandmother summoned her back to America, where

To Read the Full Story
Michael Knox Beran — Mr. Beran is a lawyer and writer. His book WASPs: The Splendors and Miseries of an American Aristocracy is to be published in August.

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Strange Superman

The Accountant, the new Ben Affleck action vehicle, is founded on a genuinely original idea. Indeed, I feel safe in ven­turing that nobody, in cinema or literature, has invented an ...


Politics & Policy


FIRST WORDS And then I resolved that thenceforward I would choose for the theme of my writing only the praise of this most gracious being. But when I had thought exceedingly, ...
Politics & Policy


Humble Experts The widespread connotation of “elitist” is one of arrogance and a haughtiness born not of achievement in the trenches but of patrician privilege. However, I feel certain this was ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We predict the morally dubious figure with an awful record in public life and much-remarked-upon blond hair will lose the election — and, unhappily, win it.  ‐ To former Bill ...


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