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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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    GEORGE Waverly, OH, United States 01-12-13
    GEORGE Waverly, OH, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Hobby- Military History Occupation- Retired Commander USN; Retired Director of Quality Assurance; Graduate Liberty University, Lynchburg VA; Residence-Waverly Ohio

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    "Best Read of 2012"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 10-20-12
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this look at Franklin and Eleanor"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TravisD Denver, CO 01-10-13
    TravisD Denver, CO 01-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Doris At Her Finest"
    What made the experience of listening to No Ordinary Time the most enjoyable?

    What didn't? Seriously, an impeccably researched and written story from a unique period of time. It's long, but I couldn't put it down. I thought I might be tempted to intersperse it with another listen, but not necessary. Wouldn't be a problem if you did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The storyteller. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a wonderful storyteller who doesn't spare the interesting asides.


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    Bj 12-07-14
    Bj 12-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good book"

    I enjoyed this book a lot. I love DKG. I think this book is everything that it states it is....the only thing that really took away from the book for me was the narrator. This was such a great book with so much history in it....but I kept feeling like the narrator was reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It was so hard at times to tolerate. So, aside from that- I liked the insight into Eleanor- I read a book of her many years ago and enjoyed it and this really added a different perspective to her life and her influence. I also really enjoyed learning more about Roosevelt and Churchill and the comings and goings of the White House in that era. All I can say is wow.

    This is a very long listen. I listened on my commute to/from work. By the end I was ready to move on, more to the fact that it took a month of commuting to make my way thru.....If you are interested in that era of our time - for sure this is a great book to listen to- because as the title states- without a doubt, it was No Ordinary Time.

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    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 11-08-14
    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 11-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "So different than what we were taught in school..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    So much more in depth than just memorizing the presidents and their wives. You really get to know who they were and what all was going on during the war back here in the US


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Ordinary Time?

    Too many to mention... so very much more personal about who they really were in life and what it was like for them...


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

    The feeling like you are really meeting the President and his wife along with the others rather than it being left up to my guessing if I were to read it myself...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a definite eye opener for me and I felt several emotions in reading it... I hurt for them and I understood their feelings in connection with the lives they led. I didn't want it to end...


    Any additional comments?

    I came to see them both in many different lights and not just one way alone...

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    Kate Santa Barbara, CA, United States 09-28-14
    Kate Santa Barbara, CA, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you listen to No Ordinary Time again? Why?

    No, but only because I have so much to listen to I do not have the time to listen to anything twice


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    Engaging--his voice has character, which I like


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

    It is a long book, but I found that I wanted to listen to large parts of it at a time because it was so good


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    laurie SARASOTA, FL, United States 03-16-14
    laurie SARASOTA, FL, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2011

    I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    "Eleanor, I Hardly Knew Ye!"

    This wonderful book discusses WWII from a much more personal perspective than any I've read. While FDR was the politician and brain of the country at this time, Eleanor was the heart and conscience. She discovered her husband's affair when she was in her mid-thirties and thereafter pretty much went her own way, to the great advantage of social causes in the United States. She was a Civil Rights, Women's Rights, and Labor Rights activist throughout these years and prompted profound advances by pressuring her husband about these causes in the White House. I had no idea.

    Nelson Runger's narration was excellent. He does a credible imitation of FDR and Churchill, and his delivery for Eleanor was subtly singsong and high pitched.

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    William Reifsteck 03-29-13

    Historian turned Construction Executive Try my book Two Million Bricks (not yet on Audible)

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    "A great slice of History"
    Would you listen to No Ordinary Time again? Why?

    I love listening to Edward Herrmann and would listen to this again as it was so chock full of interesting tid bits


    What did you like best about this story?

    Goodwin treated FDR and Eleanor as two tragic overachievers that did not really spend the time to stay a couple. I was most interested in the description of the deep friendships of the Roosevelt's and their many house guests.


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

    Edward Herrman was this reader and I could see the part he did many years ago


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

    Too long but easy to pick up and put down without loosing a spot


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    savi Yorba Linda, CA United States 03-16-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Eleanor Roosevelt has always been a favorite of mine. This book gives extrordinary insight into her life.


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    Peter United States 03-14-13
    Peter United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Means well...

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    What did you love best about No Ordinary Time?

    I chose this one because I enjoyed Team of Rivals so much. The story is told with the intricate historical facts you expect from Doris Goodwin and really tells the story of what made FDR and Mrs. Roosevelt the icons they were. However do not expect it to be quite as fast paced as Team of Rivals. Its a good listen - just slow and steady.


    What aspect of Nelson Runger’s performance would you have changed?

    His pronunciation of certain words was a bit off-putting. For example - he says "live" (as in Saturday Night Live) when it should be live (as In "The President lived in Hyde Park growing up").


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