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No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor…

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World…

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Eleanor + FDR — excellent

Winner of the Pulitzer for History, No Ordinary Time is a chronicle of one of the most vibrant & revolutionary periods in US history. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin weaves together a number of story lines—the Roosevelt’s marriage & partnership, Eleanor’s life as First Lady, & FDR’s White House & its impact on America as well as on a world at war.
  christinejoseph | Mar 1, 2016 |
A n in depth study of the view from the White House of America's Homefront during WWII and the policies, politics and family that changed our world forever. An amazing story. ( )
  Joanne53 | Jul 29, 2015 |
Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for her history of Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, and of the home front during World War II. Her sources were many, and included biographies, diaries, letters and interviews. The Roosevelts were a formidable team, that steered the nation through one of the most devastating times in our history. Franklin seemed to have had a great sense of timing, and Eleanor was his social conscience. Roosevelt took office during the depression, and his New Deal was making strides. This book covers from 1939 through 1945 as war is rearing its ugly head once more.

The Roosevelt's both had flaws. Their marriage wasn't perfect. But, they were a team. There are arguments regarding whether any other president could have taken the country through the war years as successfully as he did. I doubt it. Even his opponents gave him credit for successfully moving the country from depression to prosperity, and for coming up with the idea of Lend Lease, which Churchill and Stalin both said was instrumental in winning the war.

Eleanor comes through as most likely the strongest First Lady that we have seen. She fought for the rights of people. For women in the workforce, for small business, for integration of blacks in the military, and for civil rights in general, Eleanor was a force to be reckoned with. She forged the way for many of the social fights that were to come.

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  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
Highly interesting and very detailed exploration of the Roosevelt White House during WW II, looked at through the relationship of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Very well researched and documented. I did, however, get the feeling that Goodwin was more sympathetic to Eleanor than Franklin and, in particular with Eleanor's stronger liberal leanings, and this colored the book a bit. But I think she was fair to Franklin overall and, as such the book was quite insightful. ( )
  NellieMc | Sep 3, 2014 |
It took a long time to read this but it was worth all the time. The detail is tremendous but not overwhelming and I really felt I needed all the details to understand her final 20/30 pages of analysis that was crystal clear. What a fascinating couple and fascinating time period and Goodwin brings it all to life so vividly. Fantastic.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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On May 10, 1940, Hitler invaded Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and France, bringing the "phony war" to an end, and initiating a series of events which led, almost inevitably, to America's involvement in history's greatest armed conflict.
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A compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created. With an uncanny feel for detail and a novelist's grasp of drama and depth, Doris Kearns Goodwin brilliantly narrates the interrelationship between the inner workings of the Roosevelt White House and the destiny of the United States. Goodwin paints a comprehensive, intimate portrait that fills in a historical gap in the story of our nation under the Roosevelts.

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