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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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.
Definitely for anyone interested in the period before and during WWII on the homefront.
Yes, he's a very good narrator.
Yes, but ended up listening to this book in spurts on many drives.
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.
The storyteller. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a wonderful storyteller who doesn't spare the interesting asides.
Doris Kearns Goodwin's tour de force of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt is matched in this recording by strong narration and pacing. An excellent example of an audio book done right.
As we listened to this book we were surprised to learn of Eleanor's influence on her husband and the country. Very enjoyable book. We listened to most of it on a 1,700 mile trip to see the Truman and Eisenhower Presidential Libraries. This book served as a great base of understanding the times.
I greatly enjoyed the inside view the author provides of the relationships between the key players. I grew very weary of the readers imitation of Eleanor's voice. It sounded trivializing. But even that flaw did not detract from the profound wonder of Eleanor Roosevelt and her contribution to the legacy of the FDR administration AND more importantly, what a white person can do to make our nation a more inclusive place despite the power of fear and ignorance that takes the form of racism
True history of life and times before, during and after World War II
Doris Kerns Goodwin is committed to research using diaries, news stories, personal letters, and interviews in a story that keeps the reader interested and excited to know the next chapter.
Most informative insight to personalities so central to this period. I feel compelled to comment on some reviewers negative basement of the narrators use of different voices to distinguish different personages in the narrative. The use for Roosevelt and Churchill were quite acceptable and reminiscent of the actual men. Attempts at others were acceptable as a means of expressing tone and charities. The women's voices were, perhaps, not as successful as for the men, but helped to maintain the flow and distinguish among personalities.
I had previously read about Rosabella life and found this rewarding contribution to my understanding of the man and the people and times around him.
As usual, Doris Kearns Goodwin,has put on paper a glimpse into the lives of two of this countries most important, most unselfish, and most generous with time and talent.
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