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
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.
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.
Ms. Goodwin's thorough research.
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.
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.
Yes As I stated I had read Team of Rivals before this.
Smooth, tone & diction
Not a movie goer.
Hobby- Military History Occupation- Retired Commander USN; Retired Director of Quality Assurance; Graduate Liberty University, Lynchburg VA; Residence-Waverly Ohio
I found this book enlightening from the standpoint of the different standards applied to our elected officials in the past compared to the standards of today! If the President and First Lady had extramartial affairs as discussed or alleged in this book, in the White House the press and television networks would make it impossible to keep from the public. Notwithstanding their private affairs, this book shows that the actions of Mrs. Roosevelt were significantly underrated and that failure to recognize her as one of the individuals responsible for major social improvements in the 20th century was an justice to the Women.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the time following the depression of the early 20th century and the actions taken by the government leading up to and during the 2nd world war.
Overall great coverage of the many issues during FDR's term. The background was skillfully brought in to the story without distracting from the main narrative. Appreciated the many views of the events from so many participants. Overall wartime story was quite good. I appreciated that the author showed a good understanding of the war particularly for someone who is not identified as a military historian. It took a while to get throught the book. My wife complained that I was more interested in the book than paying attention to her, it was that engaging.
Besides learning so much more about WWII, I felt that I got to know the Roosevelt family and Winston Churchill.
Any of Goodwin's other books.
The President, of course. Mr. Runger did an outstanding job with his narration.
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.
His reading is lively, engergetic and engaging. He reads history like a novel. Very entertaining as are all his books.
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.
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".
The Eleanor-Franklin relationship
It was told well. Opinions and amateur psychology was scarce and clearly separated from facts
Don't know. I like to be read to, apparently
A love story
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.
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.
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.
Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing woman. Her strength of character and her ideals lead to some of the most radical changes in American culture.
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.
Inside the Roosevelt White House
Great story, the organization of details is sometimes disjointed, but overall easy to follow the characters through time.
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