Eleanor Roosevelt’s Book of Common Sense Etiquette
by Eleanor Roosevelt
This review doesn’t really fit with the rest of my medical history books, but I don’t know where else to put it.
This was a free e-book, otherwise, I don’t think I would have paid any amount of money to read a book on etiquette written in the 1960s. Having said that, because this book was written in the 1960, it was of moderate interest.
Nothing Mrs Roosevelt wrote was earth-shaking and some of the advice could even stand today. Despite her recognition that women did toil in the workplace, there was still the stigma of single young ladies entertaining a man in her apartment alone. Scandalous!
Some parts of the book were more readable than others. Towards the end, I found myself skipping large portions because books like this aren’t really written to be read from cover to cover, but to be consulted for specific information.
I give the book 3 out of 5. If nothing else, it’s a glimpse of a time past and reminded me how much nicer living in this time is.