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A Volume of Friendship: The Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, 1904-1953

Edited by Kristie Miller
Edited by Robert McGinnis

"A remarkable correspondence between two quite formidable and wonderful women, who were also utterly enmeshed in women's traditional world as well as the public world."--Mary Logan Rothschild, co-author of Doing What the Day Brought: An Oral History of Arizona Women

(Kristie) Miller and (Robert) McGinnis have done a real service to history and biography. Both Mrs. Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway were extraordinary women. I am delighted their relationship has finally been penned to paper."--Geoffrey C. Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians

In these intimate letters, Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway chronicle a fifty-year friendship dating back to their school days at the beginning of the twentieth century. They share family concerns, discuss national and world affairs, support each other in times of personal tragedy, and chart their respective political careers-Roosevelt as a social reformer and first lady and Greenway as Arizona's first congresswoman. Kristie Miller's and Robert McGinnis's astute analysis and insightful commentary enable scholars and general readers to view this remarkable correspondence against the backdrop of state and national politics, the Depression and New Deal, and the changing roles of women in American society.


Blanche Wiesen Cook, is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884"“1933 and Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933"“1938.

Robert H. McGinnis, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, is a member of the Washington, D.C., Bar Association. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone and the Florida Law Review. He lives in Great Falls, Virginia.

Kristie Miller, an author and journalist, is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for the La Salle, Illinois, NewsTribune. Her previous books include Isabella Greenway: An Enterprising Woman and Ruth Hanna McCormick: A Life in Politics. She lives in McLean, Virginia.


"( A Volume of Friendship)...humanizes both women and offers readers extraordinary access to their friendship..."


Tucson Citizen

" excellent volume...The personalities jump right off the page. In an era of diminishing letter writing this is a breath of fresh air."


Sacramento Book Review

Published By The Arizona Historical Society

6 x 9 in. 360 pages 20 halftones, 1 line drawing