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PRESS & REVIEWS

Morning Joe

Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of Eleanor's Pacific trip, co-host Mika Brzezinski, co-anchor Willie Geist, and Mike Barnicle guided a great interview that highlighted the significance of this daring undertaking

"As A Matter of Fact... with Andrew Cuomo"

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion about Eleanor, how she upended the role of First Lady, her relationship with FDR, and the importance of her Pacific trek. 

MSNBC.com Know Your Value

A Q&A with Lauren Boone

 

WHYY: Studio 2

A conversation with Andreas Copes,

Studio 2 producer and an ardent Eleanor Roosevelt admirer. Listen in to also hear from the First Lady herself. 

"The author’s ability to combine place with subject is unsurpassed here.... While the work centers on Eleanor’s travels and contributions, it also serves as a mini-history of this theater of World War II.... This work provides numerous details and the context needed to understand the trials and difficulties of Eleanor Roosevelt’s historic undertaking. Readers interested in World War II or women’s roles in the war effort will likely appreciate this enjoyable read."

—Maria Ashton-Stebbings, Library Journal

"Shannon McKenna Schmidt's detail-rich and revealing The First Lady of World War II follows Eleanor Roosevelt on her perilous journey to visit troops in the South Pacific." BookPage

"Captivating.... Relying on such sources as contemporary news reports and commentary, letters, reminiscences by soldiers, Eleanor's diary, and her regular newspaper column, "My Day," McKenna Schmidt puts the trip in context and provides a lively account of an often overlooked, inspiring journey."

—John Mutter, editor-in-chief, Shelf Awareness

Here's Where It Gets Interesting

A conversation with Sharon McMahon

"Captures the appeal of a pathbreaking first lady."

Publishers Weekly

"Highly recommended.... I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this remarkable woman, friend of the downtrodden and celebrated, alike (one best friend was Amelia Earhart)." —Alana White, Historical Novel Society

Feminist Book Club Podcast

A conversation with Jordy Macbeth

History Unplugged

A conversation with Scott Rank

"Recommended... Roosevelt's legacy of activism and mettle continue to inspire."  

Booklist

Ernie Pyle WWII Museum Podcast

A conversation with Doug Hess

"This fascinating account sheds light on a fascinating moment in the life of an already fascinating woman." 

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New York Public Library Research Spotlight

Q&A with Elizabeth Rutigliano, Librarian II

"Using many new sources, Schmidt tells a travel story, taking a new approach and making it a lively saga."  

—Wilford Kale, Daily Press

That Time Eleanor Roosevelt Disappeared for 10 Days

Q&A with Sarah Durn / "She Was There" Series

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