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.
I wasn't particularly impressed with the narration, and while the book does proceed somewhat chronologically, it bounces around quite a bit, which I find hard to follow in audiobook format.
This story of the Roosevelts personal and political contributions to American history is extremely powerful and inspiring. I was mesmerized.
This book covers the life of FDR and his wife and family. It's a personal history of the Roosevelts during the war years and provides insights to the effects of WWII on post-war life in the U.S. Thoughtful and engaging!
Doris Kearns Goodwin is the person I'd like to have dinner with or invite her with friends. I love her books- well written, interesting analysis, great stories. Even topics that I've read several books, I still learn and am entertained.
The history class I took in high school was pathetic. The school year was almost over when we rushed through the Civil War, WWI and WWII. I read Team of Rivals and was mesmerized. I'm certainly not an expert on the Civil War now, but I feel like I have a much better understanding of it. I was hoping No Ordinary Time would do the same, and it did not disappoint. I learned so much about WWII and what was going on at home. I felt like I got to know Franklin and Eleanor. The research that went into this is exceptional, and it is presented in a way that is so compelling I didn't want to stop listening. Thanks, Doris, for being the most interesting history teacher I've ever had!
I listened two books by Nelson Runger, the other is Benjamin Franklin. The books are totally destroyed by his mouth sound. I can't believe he has so many audible books on sale. Couldn't the post production team clean the noise up??? It's awful.
I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the book. I'm not particularly as a rule in such detail but it was for me so enlightening as to be captivating. My only complaint is the same as some others only in a different way; I thought the narration was perfect but the production awful bathe pauses in this can be extremely frustrating and absolutely could be edited out. If you love a long book and even have the slightest affinity to the Roosevelt era. Listen you won't be sorry.
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