Eleanor vs. Ike
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Eleanor vs. Ike

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  35 reviews
It is a time of turmoil, with the nation mired in an unpopular war in Korea and with Senator Joseph McCarthy stirring up fear of a lurking Communist "menace." Racial discrimination is rampant. A woman's place is in the home. And when a shocking act of God eliminates the Democratic presidential nominee, the party throws its support to an unlikely standard bearer: former Fir...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Having a hard time getting through this. It's been a few weeks and I'm only on chapter 5. I can't get into it...I am not drawn in by the way the author gives Eleanor Roosevelt voice. It seems like she is from 2008, not 1952. Not sure if I'm going to finish this one...
Gerber takes the spirit of Hillary Clinton's 2007-08 campaign and plunks it smartly into the 1952 campaign, in the form of Eleanor Roosevelt. This is cotton candy for political junkies.
Douglas Graney
A fun read. If you know the history of that era it can be predictable but either way, you'll probably learn things about Eleanor Roosevelt you may not have known before.
Stuart Nachbar
Historical Fiction Parallels Today’s Presidential Campaign Politics

My first attempt at fiction, The Sex Ed Chronicles, was based on historical events in my hometown and state, but it was a story of fictional characters. However, there are brilliant works of historical fiction that stay truer to history, when they use well-known historical figures in alternate scenarios.

Eleanor and Ike by Robin Gerber is one such work of fiction.

In Eleanor and Ike, the presidential race features no incumbent pres...more
Sep 04, 2008 Angela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in politics, especially women's place in politics
I read this book the first time a few months ago - back when Clinton and Obama were still virtually neck and neck in the primaries. It's an extremely interesting, and powerful book. A few times the writing got to me in such a way that I had to put the book down to compose myself a little bit!

The great thing about this novel were the small details. Like a chance meeting between Eleanor and a young (Republican!) Hillary Rodham! On the flip side, the big detractor from the novel were the small deta...more
I really enjoyed this well-researched book.

In spite of my conservative, somewhat Republican leanings, I thoroughly enjoyed this work of (science?!?!)fiction.

The surprisingly believable premise is that Eleanor Roosevelt is drafted to run for President in 1952 when Adlai Stevenson drops dead on the convention floor. It is well researched and well written and a joy for anyone who enjoys the politics of the post-war era and/or the Roosevelts and their lives.

In the back of the book, are Gerber's no...more
How would our world have been different if Eleanor Roosevelt had run against Ike in 1952? Would the KKK have grown its power in the 60's & 70s? Would Selma still have happened? Where would LGBT rights be today - would that have been a protected class from the beginning? Would the ERA have passed? Would we have ever elected JFK, much less allowed LBJ and Nixon to mire us further in Viet Nam? Fabulous book -- I couldn't put it down as my mind spun from the possibilities! Great narrative with g...more
This book was our November book club selection. The overall feel from the group was that it made an interesting what if scenario, but it seemed to get bogged down by to much detail but not enough depth in the believability of the idea of Eleanor Roosevelt running against Eisenhower. There were some good discussions on politics of the time and present day. We did agree that Roosevelt and Clinton are both women you either love or you hate not much middle ground. It was also interesting to see what...more
Almeda Riley
This is a fictional reconstruction of the presidential election of 1952, with Eleanor Roosevelt running against General Eisenhower. Necessary changes are made to the facts to set this up, but then the action and Gerber's knowledge of Mrs. Roosevelt and the political scene take over. The book is totally credible once you accept Eleanor as the candidate. it's suspenseful and interesting right up to the ending. I recommend it highly to any political junkie like me, or anyone who thinks Eleanor Roos...more
Oct 02, 2009 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy historical fiction and who admire Eleanor Roosevelt.
This was a really good read - it started out a bit slow (the first few chapters), but then it picked up quickly and captured my attention. The author did a really good job of bringing real events to life and creating a plausible situation in which Eleanor would have run for president. I loved the back stories she shared - sordid affairs, seemingly happy marriages (that were mostly facades), and political conversations -- very great minor character development, as well.
This book had a good premise: what would have happened if Eleanor Roosevelt had thrown her hat into the political ring in 1952 and run fro president against Dwight D. Eisenhower? Of course, we all know that this never happened, but the idea was fascinating. Unfortunately for me, the whole thing never really gelled. There were also a few times when the author seemed to be writing with 21st century wordage. All together, not what I hoped for.
ok this was an entertaining concept and I love anything about Eleanor Roosevelt. I vaguely remember when Ike was president and I certainly remember the way women were viewed. It (the story) could never have happened. Women lost their jobs just because a man could do it when the war ended.Homemaking was the be all and end all of life for most women. Trust me it could never happen but how sweet if it did.
A 'what if' story - what if Eleanor Roosevelt ran against General Eisehhower for President of the United States in 1952? Based on historical facts (and some fictionalization!), this book covers the last several months of the presidential campaign of 1952. Eleanor Roosevelt is the first woman ever to run for national elective office - can she really win?
The characters on Eleanor's team were a little too perfect and those on Ike's team too boorish. Some mistakes or foibles on Eleanor's part would have made the story more interesting.

That said, I started enjoying it more by the end and found myself staying up a bit late to see how it wrapped up.
Enjoyed Eleanor Vs. Ike: a Novel, especially reading it just days before the 2012 presidential election. Apparently it was Robin Gerber's first novel written during the 2008 primary between H. Clinton and B. Obama. Glad the book fell off the library shelf for me. Timely and entertaining read.
It was good. It's a "what might have been" kind of story. Really enjoyed the politics and the historical facts (of course mixed with fictionalization). Eleanor is one of my faves. I think it lacked a little in the "emotional" aspect though; didn't really keep me hooked completely..
Elisha (lishie)
Mar 10, 2008 Elisha (lishie) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction/political science lovers
A great idea & a timely topic- made for a great novel! I love how the book was written- using a lot of political events/speeches/clippings that actually happened and adding one huge fictional aspect- Eleanor Roosevelt running for President. What a great what if? historical fiction story!
You can learn quite a bit about Eleanor for this fiction book. I especially liked the end with the notes from the author. Didn't know that there were so many love affairs involved. Wouldn't it have been something if we actually had a women president back in the 50's.
Sarah Witter
Way more fiction than fact but a very fun read. Makes me want to read everything about Eleanor Roosevelt that I can find!
Elizabeth Black
I absolutely loved the premise of this book. And though I must admit it was not as good as I hoped, it was still an entertaining read. Ms. Gerber gets a big high-five for the idea and the willingness to ponder what might have been...
Apr 21, 2008 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: Dan
Excellent description of the political process in the 50's. At 12, I didn't know or understand all that was happening. A good look at Eleanor Roosevelt. I'm going to read more about her.
The writing style is simplistic, about at a fifth grade reading level. Still waiting, at page 75 or so, for this book to engage my interest.
Update...did not finish this book.
Really cool "what if" story about if Eleanor Roosevelt had run for president. Very timely considering our current election. There are a lot of parallels to current discussions.
An excellent book. Mrs. Roosevelt's comments are still timely. Can't help wondering what the country would be like today if we'd had the benefit of her leadership.
Deborah Lane
I enjoyed the story line "the possibility of a female president" but I don't remember all the political names mentioned, thus it made it a bit difficult to follow.
Melissa S
I thought it was too much political talk. And you really had to know your history to follow along completely. But it's not bad for a first attempt.
Feb 04, 2008 Toni marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an idea to ponder. I cannot wait to read this book. I also look forward to seeing reviews from others about this book.
Fun concept and a quick read, but somehow fell flat in the end. Can't really put my finger on it though.
A great "what-if" story about the 1952 presidential election. A fast and fascinating read.
Another of my favorite genres, the "what if" novel. This was a real romp.
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