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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 14 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 11 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 February 13, 2012

    Excellent personalized history of WWII

    I really enjoyed this book. Its 900+ pages. It covered a time I've heard about from parents and grandparents in great detail. The remaking of America into the war machine that saved the world. The sacrifices of the entire population at home and on the battlefields. Also, the dynamic characters of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. A good read if you enjoy history.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Great read, great info

    As a child of a World War II veteran, I found this book fasinating. I never studied what happened during the years prior to Pearl Harbor and also the election of Roosevelt to a third term. All is very interesting. The 900+ pages went fast.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    A Great Read

    I was hooked on this book at page 71 - and there is over 900 pages. So much history of the times. There are no holds barred in this book. It is an appropriate book to read in these times of a strangled Congress - Gives hope that we may survive these years after all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

    Where we've been is why we are where we are.

    A great book about the conduct of the war, the FDR policies,and the influences on those policies. What is especially interesting is the monumental changes that have taken place in this country as they pertain to politics,the economy,education,demographics and the United States standing in the world. 1940 is not exactly ancient history, but clearly, World War 2 tranformed the country to a point where it's difficult,in today's society, to comprehend what the pre war United States was like.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

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    Excellent, accessible, entertaining epic!

    Goodwin has done it again. She writes history like a great novelist. The character development is extremely well done. An intimate portrait of these two huge figures in a critical time. The book is well balanced, warts and all.

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