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

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

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin

No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin's marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor's life as First Lady, and FDR's White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476750576
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 768
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.66(d)

About the Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, Richard N. Goodwin.

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No Ordinary Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
BSA441 More than 1 year ago
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.
MelissaTexas More than 1 year ago
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.
JudyinWashington More than 1 year ago
This is a great book whether you are a history buff like me or not. Doris Kearns Goodwin takes the reader behind the scenes in one of the most difficult times in world history. Once you begin reading, it is hard to put the book down.
JackieAnn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading. Fascinating historically. A peek into the private thoughts and interior lives of the Roosevelts. Debunks a lot of the common myths surrounding them, particularly the president.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She truly captured the white house, close ties to the whitehouse, as well as personal things relating to this great time in our history
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It took me awhile to read, as it is so full of information that I had to take notes and go back to check facts as I read. I loved Eleanor even more after this book, and respected Franklin, but didn't like him much. He was a great president, but Eleanor is the one who gave him most of his social policy ideas. An interesting partnership that accomplished much. This gave me a great appreciation for that time in history and I highly recommend it, especially if you didn't live during that time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Unfortunately educational textbooks only give a surface version about the lives and interaction between Franklin and Eleanor. This book peels layer by layer about their relationship (negative and postive) and the reality of what the United States went through pre-war, during and post-war.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Doris Kearns Goodwin did not quite reach the level of her biography of Lincoln in this earlier study of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, but she came close. Although the time frame is the World War II era, she jumps back into their earlier lives to explain their tortured yet strong relationship. She also inserts facts and anecdotes from the home front to illustrate her thesis that the war may have changed America even more than FDR's New Deal programs. Churchill, Stalin, and other world leaders make appearances but Kearns Goodwin always keeps her focus on Franklin and Eleanor and their marriage and interactions with their family and those around them. I write this about six weeks after Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump and the observations about the narrow minded resistance to Eleanor's crusading stance as First Lady seem especially timely.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin delivers again! This is an insightful book into the Roosevelt Presidency up to and during World War II. This is a great history lesson and it helps you understand why some of the decisions were made.
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