Shannon McKenna Schmidt, Author of “The First Lady of World War II: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back”

The First Lady of WWII is the first book to tell the story of Eleanor Roosevelt’s unprecedented and courageous trip to the Pacific Theater while the United States was at war with Japan. A goodwill tour, diplomatic mission, and fact-finding foray, the 25,000-mile trip was farther, longer, and more dangerous than any previously undertaken by the First Lady. Schmidt’s new book follows Eleanor on this daring trek over vast ocean distances. A writer and traveler, Schmidt is the author of many books and has also written for National Geographic Traveler, and more. From 2010-2017, she traveled full-time and backpacked around the world. When not traveling, Shannon lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.