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Tomorrow Is Now

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Available again in time for election season, Eleanor Roosevelt's most important book — Tomorrow is Now — a battle cry for civil rights.
As relevant and influential now as it was when first published in 1963, Tomorrow is Now is Eleanor Roosevelt's manifesto and her final effort to move America toward the community she hoped it would become. In bold, blunt prose, one of the
Published July 1966 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1963)
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Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book serves as a loud and vibrant call to action to a generation of Americans to take charge of the opportunities they've received to improve the world for all. I can't help but think, though, that Eleanor Roosevelt glosses over some portions of history which contradict her optimistic outlook (the quote on England giving its colonies freedom, for instance).

I agree with her message overall, especially her calls to improve education and fully involve women in all aspects of this country's bu
Bree Hill
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Roosevelt would've had one hell of a Ted Talk. I almost forgot that this book was written years ago because it was so relevant to issues we face today. Gosh this woman was so passionate about all the right things. Reading this you just want to hear her speak. Highly recommend.
Anna Olswanger
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allida Black is a preeminent Eleanor Roosevelt historian. Thanks to her vision and dedication to the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, she made it possible through the Roosevelt estate for Tomorrow is Now, Eleanor Roosevelt's battle cry of civil rights, to be republished in time for the 50th anniversary of Mrs. Roosevelt's death. Dr. Black wrote the Introduction and President Clinton wrote the Foreword. I found President Clinton's Foreword moving and Dr. Black's Introduction exhilarating. I felt as ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might have to read this twice to really get it, but I wish EVERYONE in the current politically pool would read it even once, or just the introduction.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Roosevelt is a personal hero of mine, and this, her final book, displays her energy and wisdom and fundamental optimism.
Stacey Rose-blass
Do not let fear decide your fate - COURAGE!
Laura Hoffman Brauman
I'm so glad I found this book. While there are a few places where it felt dated, the vast majority of it was so relevant to today that it was eerie. Over and over again, her words seemed to be so tied to the issues and challenges in the news today. She was a big picture thinker and backed up her ideals with specifc steps. She advocates throughout for the need for personal responsibility and engagement in our political system by all citizens. She was constantly looking forward, emphasizing the ne ...more
Kelly Kittel
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a lot to say about this prescient book which everyone should read, or rather, Ms. Roosevelt has a lot to say. Here are some of the more salient points from my perspective and in light of the Chinese curse-like "interesting" times in which we find ourselves.

She quotes a Mr. Root who wrote 50 years prior (think turn of the century) to the publication of this, her final book, because, as she says, "they represented—a half century ago—the point of view of a man whom no one has ever called a
The year 2000 sounds remote, far away. Is it?

How right you were, Eleanor. How right you were. The thing is, I didn't recognize just how right you were until I read your manifesto. Let me put this into perspective: In the book, Roosevelt called all Americans to rally to not fall behind in the world, to keep pushing forward in all areas, to continue the fight for equality for all. I swear the disturbingly large number of parallels between Roosevelt's 1960s America and our 2010s America makes one r
Keziah Cannon
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Extremely well written, to the point, and scarily pertinent.
It encouraged me to broaden my perspective. As she wrote multiple times in the book "The world cannot be understood from a single point of view."
It also encouraged me to take more personal responsibility. She quotes Woodrow Wilson: "Self-government is not a mere form of institution, to be had when desired, if only proper pains be taken. It is a form of character. It follows upon the long discipline which gives a people self-possession,
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great section on education. Very pertinent to the mentality of education today. Zoned out a bit on Roosevelt's spiel about America's place in the world etc., but overall wise words crammed into a very short book.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Still relevant. Inspiring. Audacious.
Robert Airhart II
Sanity from our history

Vintage Eleanor Roosevelt. Written in the moths just before her death On November 7, 1962, This Boka is an informed and sweeping view of the United States of America in the first 60 years of the 20th century it is a carefully reasoned argument for citizens taking responsibility for understanding how the world had changed, for working toward fulfilling America’s promises for all citizens, for being part of solving the real problems of real people not only in America but ar
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Roosevelts final book that she wrote before her death. Eleanor was not a perfect woman, but she was an amazing woman, and was especially amazing for the time in which she lived. I have to admit I highlighted multiple paragraphs and lines in this book, and it is interesting how so many of the issues she wrote about in 1963 are still major issues today. It is too bad our nation has not made more progress.
Abbie Simons
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
"It is my conviction that there is almost no area of life which we cannot transform according to our own desires if we want something badly enough, if we have faith in it, and if we work for it with all our hearts. It is not too much to say that every bad situation is a result of apathy, of lack of planning, of individuals who think, 'After all, it's not my business.'

Of course, it is our business, yours and mine."
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Profound and quite prescient essays about how this country is great and can remain so. Although some of the examples are a little dated (that is culturally naive), the overall premise for each topic is spot on, especially in this political climate. There is certainly a lot of food for thought and worth a conversation in current times.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tomorrow might be now, but reading this 55 years after original publication shows us that yesterday is now too. A reminder to keep fighting, but also upsetting to see how many issues seem so intractable as to be nearly unchanged.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seemed a very necessary for today!
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-book-club
Interesting book. Lots of correlation to what we are dealing with now.
Jennifer Cunningham-Lozano
I could not put down #TommorowisNow by #EleanorRoosevelt "It is today we must create the world of the future" #mustread
Amazing read that feels likes it's about today not 1960's.
Are we again the "American Unready"?
"We need imagination and integrity, courage and a high heart."
I just love her idea on education. It should lead children to the willingness to explore the unfamiliar - to spark creativity. And on reading books...
"The reading of books should be a constant voyage of exploration, of adv
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book,that Eleanor uses to initiate the high school and college kids into politics. Relevant to this day.
Judy Mullally
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a timely book! In today's time, so much should not be relevant, yet sadly is. This book provided hope and a sense of direction.
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political leader who used her influence as an active First Lady from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as taking a prominent role as an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, she continued to be an internationally prominent author and speaker for the New Deal coalition ...more
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