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No Ordinary Time

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : the Home Front in World War II
Goodwin, Doris Kearns (Book - 1994 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"From the best-selling author of The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream comes a compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created. Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, Doris Kearns Goodwin writes a brilliant narrative account of how the United States of 1940, an isolationist country divided along class lines, still suffering the ravages of a decade-long depression and woefully unprepared for war, was unified by a common threat and by the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become, only five years later, the preeminent economic and military power in the world." "At the center of the country's transformation was the complex partnership of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Franklin's main objective from the war's onset was victory, and he knew the war could not be won without focusing the energies of the American people and expanding his base of support - making his peace with conservative leaders and gaining the cooperation of big business. Eleanor, meanwhile, felt the war would not be worth winning if the old order of things at home prevailed and was often at odds with her husband in her efforts to preserve the gains of the New Deal and achieve reforms in civil rights, housing, and welfare programs. While Franklin manned the war room at the White House and held meetings with Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Mackenzie King, and other world leaders to discuss strategy for the war abroad, Eleanor crisscrossed the country, visiting the American people, seeing how the war and policies her husband made in Washington affected them as individuals.". "Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president's and first lady's comings and goings, Goodwin paints a detailed, intimate portrait not only of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime but of the Roosevelts themselves and their extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family, many of whom lived with them in the White House: Missy LeHand, FDR's "other wife" and secretary; Harry Hopkins, FDR's closest friend and adviser; the president's indomitable mother, Sara; the Roosevelts' daughter, Anna; Eleanor's close friends Lorena Hickock and Joe Lash; Crown Princess Martha of Norway; FDR's former lover Lucy Rutherfurd, who, in a final, painful blow to Eleanor, was with him when he died." "Bringing to bear the tools of both history and biography, as well as her great talent for capturing larger-than-life characters, Goodwin relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt, surrounded by his small circle of intimates, led the nation to military victory abroad against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor's essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society."--BOOK JACKET.
Authors: Goodwin, Doris Kearns
Title: No ordinary time
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : the home front in World War II
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994
Characteristics: 759 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Contents: "The decisive hour has come"
"A few nice boys with BB guns"
"Back to the Hudson"
"Living here is very oppressive"
"No ordinary time"
"I am a juggler"
"I can't do anything about her"
"Arsenal of democracy"
"Business as usual"
"A great hour to live"
"A completely changed world"
"Two little boys playing soldier"
"What can we do to help?"
"By god, if it ain't Old Frank!"
"We are striking back"
"The greatest man I have ever known"
"It is blood on your hands"
"It was a sight I will never forget"
"I want to sleep and sleep"
"Suspended in space"
"The old master still had it"
"So darned busy"
"It is good to be home"
"Everybody is crying"
"A new country is being born"
Afterword
Summary: "From the best-selling author of The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream comes a compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created. Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, Doris Kearns Goodwin writes a brilliant narrative account of how the United States of 1940, an isolationist country divided along class lines, still suffering the ravages of a decade-long depression and woefully unprepared for war, was unified by a common threat and by the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become, only five years later, the preeminent economic and military power in the world." "At the center of the country's transformation was the complex partnership of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Franklin's main objective from the war's onset was victory, and he knew the war could not be won without focusing the energies of the American people and expanding his base of support - making his peace with conservative leaders and gaining the cooperation of big business. Eleanor, meanwhile, felt the war would not be worth winning if the old order of things at home prevailed and was often at odds with her husband in her efforts to preserve the gains of the New Deal and achieve reforms in civil rights, housing, and welfare programs. While Franklin manned the war room at the White House and held meetings with Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Mackenzie King, and other world leaders to discuss strategy for the war abroad, Eleanor crisscrossed the country, visiting the American people, seeing how the war and policies her husband made in Washington affected them as individuals.".
"Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president's and first lady's comings and goings, Goodwin paints a detailed, intimate portrait not only of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime but of the Roosevelts themselves and their extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family, many of whom lived with them in the White House: Missy LeHand, FDR's "other wife" and secretary; Harry Hopkins, FDR's closest friend and adviser; the president's indomitable mother, Sara; the Roosevelts' daughter, Anna; Eleanor's close friends Lorena Hickock and Joe Lash; Crown Princess Martha of Norway; FDR's former lover Lucy Rutherfurd, who, in a final, painful blow to Eleanor, was with him when he died." "Bringing to bear the tools of both history and biography, as well as her great talent for capturing larger-than-life characters, Goodwin relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt, surrounded by his small circle of intimates, led the nation to military victory abroad against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor's essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society."--BOOK JACKET.
ISBN: 0684804484
9780684804484
0671642405
9780671642402
Branch Call Number: B-R777goo
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [715]-725) and index
Subject Headings: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 World War, 1939-1945 United States United States History 1933-1945 Presidents United States Biography Presidents' spouses United States Biography
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Presidents
Presidents' spouses
LCCN: 94028565
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Join the discussion on April 13, 2015. 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 w... Read More »


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Jul 17, 2008
  • goglover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent insight into FDR through WWII. It really gives a good feel for the social and political environment within the US during this time,

Dec 05, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Winner 1995 Pulitzer prize.

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