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

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12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

An insightful, very interesting, and highly informative and readible history of the crucial role the Home Front played in winning WWII and in shaping the entire social and economic development of the US to the present day.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a master at entertaining while educating, and in this book she takes the reader on an incredible journey which starts when Nazi Germany seemed unstoppable (1940). We get a detailed view of the Roosevelt White House with its full cast of character...
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a master at entertaining while educating, and in this book she takes the reader on an incredible journey which starts when Nazi Germany seemed unstoppable (1940). We get a detailed view of the Roosevelt White House with its full cast of characters, and never lose sight of the two geniuses, FDR and Eleanor, who were at its core. The author shows in great detail how the war was won by the frantic and urgent conversion of American industry into the " Arsenal of the Free World" and also how those intense fruitful war years also set the stage for the Civil Rights movements of later years. Never dry, the author's keen sense of detail make this era come alive for the reader. This book is highly recommended to any history enthusiast as well as those particularly interested in the World War Two era.

posted by BSA441 on April 3, 2009

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2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Plot to Seize the White House

If you're interested in FDR, read about the plot to overthrow his presidency! It's a historical event almost completely forgotten, but you can read about it in Jules Archer's The Plot to Seize the White House.

posted by Anonymous on March 2, 2007

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Here's the Doris Kearns Goodwin approach to writing history: Ta

    Here's the Doris Kearns Goodwin approach to writing history: Take a pile of index cards and write down a quote from a variety of primary sources on each. Arrange the index cards in chronological order. Write a sentence before the quote and a sentence after it; each of these will be a paragraph. Type it all up, in order (not paying attention to whether or not there's a connection between each successive paragraph).

    I don't know which was worse: The disconnectedness of each paragraph or the fact that, by the last 100 pages you know she's getting bored, too. "How do I end this???" she's asking herself. Apparently she didn't come up with an adequate answer.

    Skip this one and get a couple of WWII histories written by historians rather than list makers.

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