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

O an intimate portrait of Eleanor Franklin Roosevelt of the time during which a new modern America was bornPrefaceThe decisive hour has come A few nice boys with BB gunsBack to the Hudson Living here is very oppressiveNo ordinary time I am a juggler I can't do anything about her Arsenal of democracy Business as usual A great hour to liveA completely changed worldTwo little boys playi. Remind me to never read a book this big in the middle of a busy school semesterThroughout the book I found myself slightly disappointed by FDR He isn t lovable or heroic and there are times that I really uestion his integrity especially in his relationships and his resistance to stepping down after his first two terms So although the book is thorough and full of information and anecdotes and although there are lots of things to point to that he did well I find I cannot give it a higher rating because I could never really get behind FDR like I could when I read about Teddy Roosevelt John Adams or Lincoln On the other hand I was very surprised at how important and interesting Eleanor Roosevelt was What a lady Ahead of her time for sure With what she did to progress civil rights for black people and woman and workers wow woo wee wuh She was a tremendous person and I think without her FDR would ve just been some dude I can t believe that she isn t taught about in schools all over She s just as important to history as FDR is but I didn t hear about her until college STEP IT UP AMERICA

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Ng soldierWhat can we do to help By god if it ain't Old FrankWe are striking back The greatest man I have ever known It is blood on your hands It was a sight I will never forgetI want to sleep and sleep Suspended in space The old master still had itSo darned busy It is good to be home Everybody is crying A new country is being bornAfterwordNotesBibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndexAfterwo. No Ordinary Time is a uniue blend of biography and WWII history from the US perspective Many biographies have been written about both Eleanor and Franklin so as in Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit Goodwin chose to take a different approach She does an excellent job and pulls it off beautifully The book covers primarily the years 1941 through 1945 the time that the United States is involved in WWII However she gives sufficient background information on both FDR and ER as well as the lead up to the war that everything is put in perspective Both of the Roosevelts are seen as wonderfully human with strengths and weaknesses and the contrast between Eleanor s idealism and Franklin s practical politics provide a sense of tension and a wonderful feel for what FDR faced as President trying to balance domestic concerns with the war effort I did feel that Goodwin was a little sympathetic to one than the other but I ll leave that for you to decideThe Roosevelts had a uniue marriage partnership that was rooted in events of the past The two primary events are FDR s affair with Lucy Mercer and his polio attack one of which pushed them apart and the other drew them together Each of them had many people who they were close to and who supported them intimately and they are all mentioned here Missy LeHand Daisy Stuckley Harry Hopkins Louis Howe Lorena Hickok Joseph Lash etc There are of course many others who were involved in the government and in their lives who are mentioned in addition to their grown children Goodwin covers them all with just enough information to put them in place and show their connection to the Roosevelts In spite of the many individuals mentioned and the complex domestic and war situations I don t think anyone will be lost Although it might leave you wanting to know about different people or subjects Goodwin s writing style is nice and the book is never boring I highly recommend it The Book of Beginnings rooted in events of the past The two primary events are FDR s affair with Lucy Mercer and his polio attack one of which pushed them apart and the other drew them together Each of them had many people who they were close to and who supported them intimately and they are all mentioned here Missy LeHand Daisy Stuckley Harry Hopkins Louis Howe Lorena Hickok Joseph Lash etc There are of course many others who were involved in the government and in their lives who are mentioned in addition to their grown children Goodwin covers them all with just enough information to put them in place and show their connection to the Roosevelts In spite of the many individuals mentioned and the complex domestic and war situations I don t think anyone will be lost Although it might leave you wanting to know about different people or subjects Goodwin s writing style is nice and the book is never boring I highly The Homelanders (The Homelanders, recommend it

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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 Goodwin melds these int. I m reminded of the saying If you want to learn something read non fiction I am learning the answers to uestions I didn t know I had Exactly how did the internment of the Japanese get started When were land mines invented What was Eleanor Roosevelt really like It was around this time that Executive Order 8802 came about with the wording we are all so used to discrimination is banned on grounds of race color creed or national origin The national origin part was added because the Poles were having some trouble in Buffalo So read this book and learn about the country and about WWII The book isn t a page turner but it is readable


10 thoughts on “No Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt The Home Front in World War II

  1. says:

    Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time is an unusual World War II book There are no descriptions of clashing armies no in depth armchair analyses of battlefield strategies no biographical sketches of medal bedecked generals moving their men like so many pawns This is World War II as viewed from the American home front and specifically through the eyes of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt No Ordinary Time begins in 1940 as Nazi Germany in

  2. says:

    A truly memorable book Doris Kearns Goodwin is a fine writer who manages to transform seemingly insignificant snippets of data into compelling readingThis volume covers the period from May 1939 to April 1945 and focuses on what was going on in the US through the actions and writings of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and others close to them

  3. says:

    I'm reminded of the saying If you want to learn something read non fiction I am learning the answers to uestions I didn't know I had Exactly

  4. says:

    Kearns Goodwin’s “No Ordinary Time Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt The Home Front in World War II was published in 1994 and won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995 Goodwin is an author and presidential historian who has

  5. says:

    Remind me to never read a book this big in the middle of a busy school semesterThroughout the book I found mysel

  6. says:

    I took a long time reading this book because it was like time travel like seeing into the past NO ORDINARY TIME is a marvelously researched and rendered account of perhaps the most important and influential marriage in American histor

  7. says:

    No Ordinary Time is a uniue blend of biography and WWII history from the US perspective Many biographies have been written about both Eleanor and Franklin so as in Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit Goodwin chose to take a different approach She does an excellent job and pulls it off beautifully The book covers primarily the years 1941 through 1945 the time that the United States is involved in WWII However she gives s

  8. says:

    Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt The Home Front In World War II is no ordinary book I

  9. says:

    Fascinating meticulously researched well written and unforgettable it’s no wonder No Ordinary Time won the Pulitzer Prize for history the H

  10. says:

    Amazing personal look into the Roosevelt’s before and during a difficult time in our history I cannot believe the research that went into this book

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