No Ordinary Time

No Ordinary Time

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : the Home Front in World War II

Book - 1994
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1994
ISBN: 9780684804484
0684804484
9780671642402
0671642405
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 973.917 ROOSEVELT 1994
Characteristics: 759 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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ladydiarma
May 30, 2015

First off - Doris Kearns Goodwin is by far and away my favorite historian! She has such an engaging style of writing so that you feel she is really introducing you to people she knows well and cares for.

So many books about WWII are about military strategy and victories or defeats. But here, Goodwin takes us into the homefront - both for the country and for the Roosevelts themselves.

If you read this book and watch Ken Burns' documentary series - you will know both the good and the bad of these individuals and all that they brought to our country!

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Swede52
Dec 02, 2010

An intimate portrait of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt set against one of the most revolutionary periods of the the United States. History came alive for me in the massive study.

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goglover
Jul 17, 2008

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

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