Robin Gerber, an author, columnist and speaker (who we're proud to note is also penning twice-monthly columns for Women's Voices for Change), is attracting lots of attention for her new book, "Eleanor vs. Ike."

The historical novel is set in 1952 and imagines what could have happened if Eleanor Roosevelt had run for president.

Gerber recently told USA Today that the former first lady was "encouraged to run, starting as early as 1940, but ultimately, she wasn't as courageous as Hillary."

"Someone asked me if Eleanor had ever made a mistake. It hit me like a lightning bolt. 'Yes, she should have run for president,' I said. I couldn't get the idea out of my head and started researching why she hadn't run."

Read an excerpt from chapter one, or browse inside. Also check out Gerber's website for more background, including complete data for a 1952 poll for Eleanor Roosevelt's campaign and video of Gerber discussing Roosevelt's life and "Eleanor vs. Ike."

Book tour information is available here.


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  • Julia January 15, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    What a great concept for a book. It’s going to the top of my reading list.
    Obviously, it would be very easy to compare 1952 to 2008 — but I would be careful. I know Hillary Clinton has said she finds inspiration from Eleanor Roosevelt, but personally I find that she pales in comparison. And I don’t agree that Hillary is somehow more courageous for running in 2008.
    Eleanor was big and bold when that wasn’t even on the radar — at least in terms of popular cultural representations of women. She truly blazed a trail.
    Hillary, on the other hand, represents the establishment. Yes, it’s great she’s running but it’s not the same.