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

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

No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.
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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize Winner, History, 1995

No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president's and first lady's comings and goings, Goodwin paints an intimate portrait of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime and the Roosevelts' extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family.

Bringing to bear the tools of both history and biography, No Ordinary Time relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt led the nation to victory against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor's essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society.

©1995 Doris Kearns Goodwin, All Rights Reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Andrea 05-19-14
    Andrea 05-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    What made the experience of listening to No Ordinary Time the most enjoyable?

    Besides learning so much more about WWII, I felt that I got to know the Roosevelt family and Winston Churchill.


    What other book might you compare No Ordinary Time to and why?

    Any of Goodwin's other books.


    Which character – as performed by Nelson Runger – was your favorite?

    The President, of course. Mr. Runger did an outstanding job with his narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a well rounded commentary of Roosevelt's time in office and what was happening in the USA during the 1930's - 1945.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chapel Hill, NC, United States 05-07-14
    Robert Chapel Hill, NC, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant, reads like a novel"
    What does Nelson Runger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading is lively, engergetic and engaging. He reads history like a novel. Very entertaining as are all his books.


    Any additional comments?

    Goodwin (as always) is an entertaining, yet fully informed historian. This book is as close to "un-put-downable" as a biography/history book is likely to get. Her abilty to grasp the interesting coupled with the important is equaled by few.

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    Judy 04-17-14
    Judy 04-17-14
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    "Deserved the Pulitzer Prize"

    This is a classic. The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt has always fascinated me. Doris Kearns Goodwin has done a magnificent job with this. She covers not only the war years, but goes back and gives us the story of these two amazing people from their early childhood, which lets us know how them came to be the people they were in their middle and later years. Even though I didn't really learn much new from this book, I enjoyed every minute of it. I got very caught up in the story, and was dreading the end because I knew that President Roosevelt would die before the end of the war. Silly, I guess, but that's how good the writing was.

    The reader was more than adequate. He was able to change his voice enough so that I was always aware of which character was speaking. I just sort of wish that Ms. Goodwin had read the book herself, because I do like her voice. But that's just my own personal taste.

    Whether or not you know the history of this time, the book is a definite "must read".

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    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 03-12-14
    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 03-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Think you know the Roosevelts, or don't want to?"
    What did you love best about No Ordinary Time?

    The Eleanor-Franklin relationship


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was told well. Opinions and amateur psychology was scarce and clearly separated from facts


    What does Nelson Runger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Don't know. I like to be read to, apparently


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A love story


    Any additional comments?

    It's a story of the love between Eleanor and Franklin, of the country for both, of both for the country. There isn't much new to me about WWII but context of FDR decisions are clear. Eleanor was much more than most women could be even now. I found myself wanting to ask my parents what it was like living in that time - has it ever been so hopeful since? I'd like to repeal the presidential term limit.

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    Andrea 03-05-14
    Andrea 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Doris Kearns Goodwin!"

    I loved Lincoln and I love this! Doris Kearns Goodwin has a way of making history more interesting than I ever thought it could be. The book weaves facts and history with insight into Eleanor and FDR as human beings with desires and flaws. The WW2 details are incredible. This book will alter your perspective on the state of the world.

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    Laurie United States 02-02-14
    Laurie United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about No Ordinary Time?

    The amount of research that Doris Kearns Goodwin puts into her writing is commendable. Knowing that what you are reading or listening to is not historical fiction, but fact based upon evidence is refreshing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman. Her strength of character and her ideals lead to some of the most radical changes in American culture.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other recordings by Nelson Runger, but this one was good. My only complaint is that some of the pauses between sections were so long that I thought he was moving on to another chapter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Inside the Roosevelt White House


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, the organization of details is sometimes disjointed, but overall easy to follow the characters through time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Collin D. Alpert Boynton Beach FL 01-09-14
    Collin D. Alpert Boynton Beach FL 01-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great history of a remarkable time."
    If you could sum up No Ordinary Time in three words, what would they be?

    This is a must read if you are interested in American history. I am 65 and I have read hundreds of books on WWII. None told the story as well as this book. It is hard to imagine the US in 1939 and to compare the world my parents grew up in and the world I grew up in the 1950's. It has the best analysis of our entry into the war and a better explanation of why the US took some actions or did not take others than any I have every read. Most history book concentrate on what happened. This explains why it happened and the great changes that occurred in the US in the 1940's. If you want to understand things in 2014 you should read or listen to this book.


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    Stan Belmont, NC, United States 10-01-13
    Stan Belmont, NC, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Book about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely for anyone interested in the period before and during WWII on the homefront.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's a very good narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but ended up listening to this book in spurts on many drives.


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    Bonnie 07-22-13
    Bonnie 07-22-13 Member Since 2004

    I am a voracious audiobook listener. I listen to everything: fiction, business, technology, politics...I need an interesting story, intriguing characters, and a fast pace to keep me interested.

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    "This reader detracted from this book for me."
    Would you try another book from Doris Kearns Goodwin and/or Nelson Runger?

    Perhaps. I read it BECAUSE Doris Kearns Goodwin had written it. I've seen her on PBS, and I've always liked her work.

    Sadly, Mr. Runger, I will be avoiding your narrations in the future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ms. Goodwin's thorough research.


    What didn’t you like about Nelson Runger’s performance?

    1. He has a melodromatic style. Remember Gary Owens, the announcer on "Laugh In" who "over did" his narration. Mr. Runger has that style. Sadly, I fear he is not trying to be ironic or comedic as Mr. Owens certainly was.

    2. His women, especially Elanor (Elanor Franklin for goodness sake) were thin, wispy, vapid.

    3. I finished the whole book. I did not enjoy it, I ENDURED it. The reading was very, very difficult to abide.


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    Martha A. Murray New Orleans LA 05-19-13
    Martha A. Murray New Orleans LA 05-19-13
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    Would you try another book from Doris Kearns Goodwin and/or Nelson Runger?

    The revolving cast of characters who came and stayed in the White House during this time was mind boggling. Each in their own way shaped the events of the World War. Diaries, letters and journals weave the story of these eclectic bunch. Through them you get the story behind the story. The reader is given an insight into the unusual relationship between Franklin & Eleanor. We see how she shaped the course of things at home while he handled the war. She was a civil rights leader and helped win some victories for the negroes, women and the GIs. The author does pose questions about some of the decisions Roosevelt made. Two in particular are the rounding up of the Japanese & interring them in camps and his lack of response to the Jewish Holocaust. Roosevelt was a ladies man and surrounded himself with lovely ladies. His affair with Lucy Mercier is well documented. Eleanor had many lady friends and one male friend. Her letters are very Victorian and would lead the uninformed person to believe they were part of a tawdry affair. The author hints at this with both Franklin And Eleanor. We drag what we don't understand through the mud. To say the least it was an unusual mix of people that surrounded the President and his wife. I pick up this book because I had read her book "Team of Rivals about Lincoln's eclectic cabinet. It is an 800 page book but well worth the read. If you are interested in Roosevelt and World War 2, I would recommend "Franklin and Winston" by Jon Meacham. This an excellent book on their relationship as they fight the war. Nelson Runger has the kind of voice that is easy to listen to. He does each character in their own voice. I would recommend him as a great voice with superb tone and dictation.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Doris Kearns Goodwin again?

    Yes As I stated I had read Team of Rivals before this.


    What three words best describe Nelson Runger’s voice?

    Smooth, tone & diction


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not a movie goer.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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