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  1. says:

    Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time is an unusual World War II book There are no descriptions of clashing armies no in depth armchair analyses of battlefield strategies no biographical sketches of medal bedecked generals moving their men like so many pawns This is World War II as viewed from the American home front and specifically thro

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    A truly memorable book Doris Kearns Goodwin is a fine writer who manages to transform seemingly insignificant snippets of data into compelling readingThis volume covers the period from May 1939 to April 1945 and focuses on what was going on in the US through the actions and writings of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and others close to them

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    I'm reminded of the saying If you want to learn something read non fiction I am learning the answers to uestions I didn't know I had Exactly how did the internment of the Japanese get started When were land mines invented Wh

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    Kearns Goodwin’s “No Ordinary Time Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt The Home Front in World War II was published in 1994 and won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995 Goodwin is an author and presidential historian who has written about Abraham Lincoln John F Kennedy LBJ Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard TaftThis 636 page book is meticulously researched fact filled and essentially a hybrid literary construct it is

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    Remind me to never read a book this big in the middle of a busy school semesterThroughout the book I found myself slightly disappointed by FDR He isn't lovable or heroic and there are times that I really uestion his integri

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    I took a long time reading this book because it was like time travel like seeing into the past NO ORDINARY TIME is a marvelously researched and rendered account of perhaps the most important and influential marriage in American history Franklin and Eleanor's relationship is fascinating so complicated and extraordinary and yet so hu

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    No Ordinary Time is a uniue blend of biography and WWII history from the US perspective Many biographies have been written about both Eleanor and Franklin so as in Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit Goodwin chose to take a differen

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    Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt The Home Front In World War II is no ordinary book In fact it is great And to drive the point even further let me repeat that it is GREATMrs Goodwin is an American treasure her contributions as a historian are extraordinary Whether she is dissecting Lincoln's Presidency in Team of Rivals or Teddy Roosevelt's friendship and rivalry with President Taft in The B

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    Fascinating meticulously researched well written and unforgettable it’s no wonder No Ordinary Time won the Pulitzer Prize for history the Harold Washington Literary Award the New England Bookseller Association Award the Ambassador Book Award and The Washington Monthly Political Book Award This remarkable book provides a close up account of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s years in the White House from 1940 to 1945 They were

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    Amazing personal look into the Roosevelt’s before and during a difficult time in our history I cannot believe

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Goodwin melds these into an intimate portrait of Eleanor Franklin Roosevelt of the time during which a new modern America was bornPrefaceThe decisive hour has come Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor eBook #236 A few nice boys with BB gunsBack to the Hudson Living here is very oppressiveNo ordinary time I am a juggler I can't do anything about her Arsenal of democracy Business as usual A great hour to liveA completely changed worldTwo little Kearns Goodwin s No Ordinary Time Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt The Home Front in World War II was published in 1994 and won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995 Goodwin is an author and presidential historian who has written about Abraham Lincoln John F Kennedy LBJ Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard TaftThis 636 page book is meticulously researched fact filled and essentially a hybrid literary construct it is part history text and part dual biography of FDR and his wife Eleanor Goodwin s narrative is sometimes gossipy but often is sober and serious However this book is not comprehensive in scope it is focused on the last five years of the Roosevelt presidency 1940 through 1945With few exceptions No Ordinary Time proceeds chronologically But Goodwin occasionally breaks the timeline to inject historical context which would otherwise fall outside the book s scope such as the Roosevelts early upbringings FDR s battle with polio and the marital rift created by Franklin s affair with Lucy MercerAs its title suggests Goodwin s book is far focused on the home front than with global affairs Readers seeking a deep appreciation for the ebb and flow of World War II will be disappointed Instead Goodwin conveys history almost exclusively from the perspective of the First Couple and their family friends and colleagues who lived in the White House during these weighty yearsOn balance Eleanor and Franklin would probably appreciate Goodwin s portrayals of their respective characters and legacies FDR is depicted as an extraordinarily intuitive and conseuential politicianbut a flawed husband and friend Eleanor often lacks self confidence and a sense of self worth but possesses remarkable devotion to a wide range of important progressive causes As its highest calling Goodwin s book seems designed to demonstrate both the complexity and the value inherent in their uniue partnershipBut Goodwin s perspective viewed through the lens of this compelling couple comes at the expense of a deeper examination of Franklin s political philosophies and legislative priorities a broader understanding of the war itself and a vibrant description of the president s most important political relationships such as his fascinating relationship with Winston ChurchillBy virtue of the book s relatively narrow chronological focus the reader misses some of the fundamentals and many of the nuances of FDR s early life up through his New Deal agenda In addition the book s structure and style and flow creates the freuent impression of the reader being rigidly walked through the First Couple s daily schedules without concern for the relative importance of individual momentsOverall though Doris Kearns Goodwin s No Ordinary Time is a compelling review of one of the most compelling and important First Couples in our nation s history It is not a consistently easy colorful or comprehensive treatment of FDR s life But most fans of Franklin or Eleanor Roosevelt will find this book little short of outstandingOverall rating 4 stars

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

Boys playing soldierWhat can we do to help By god if it ain't Old FrankWe are striking back The greatest man I have ever known It is blood on your Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor eBook #236 hands It was a sight I will never forgetI want to sleep and sleep Suspended in space The old master still had itSo darned busy It is good to be home Everybody is crying A new country is being bornAfterwordNotesBibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndexAfterwor Fascinating meticulously researched well written and unforgettable it s no wonder No Ordinary Time won the Pulitzer Prize for history the Harold Washington Literary Award the New England Bookseller Association Award the Ambassador Book Award and The Washington Monthly Political Book Award This remarkable book provides a close up account of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt s years in the White House from 1940 to 1945 They were an extraordinary team Franklin was an outstanding leader during World War II with his keen understanding of foreign policy while Eleanor provided insight into the concerns and issues on the homefront Each of them were not without flaws but their contributions to the country were profound However the book covers much than just the political climate as the publisher s brief annotation reads No Ordinary Time is a monumental work a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United StatesWith an extraordinary collection of details Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines Eleanor and Franklin s marriage and remarkable partnership Eleanor s life as First Lady and FDR s White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new modern America was born I cannot say enough good things about this book Anyone interested in United States history would enjoy this book

Read & Download ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Doris Kearns Goodwin

Winner of the Pulitzer Time Franklin eBook #10003 for History No Ordinary Time is a chronicle of one of the most vibrant revolutionary periods in US history With an extraordinary collection of No Ordinary MOBI #224 details Goodwin weaves together a number of story lines the Roosevelt’s marriage partnership Eleanor’s life as First Lady FDR’s White House its impact on America as well as on a Ordinary Time Franklin PDF #180 world at war Doris Kearns Goodwin s No Ordinary Time is an unusual World War II book There are no descriptions of clashing armies no in depth armchair analyses of battlefield strategies no biographical sketches of medal bedecked generals moving their men like so many pawns This is World War II as viewed from the American home front and specifically through the eyes of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt No Ordinary Time begins in 1940 as Nazi Germany invades France Luxembourg and the Low Countries ending the so called Sitzkrieg the period of inactivity following Great Britain s and France s declarations of war against the Third Reich It ends in 1945 with the death of President Roosevelt The events in between spoiler alert are momentous Some of the ground covered is standard for most World War II histories There is Roosevelt s struggle with the America First isolationist faction the initiation of a peace time draft and the famous Lend Lease bill that turned the United States into the Arsenal of Democracy Other topics though generally don t receive nearly enough attention Exhibit A is Goodwin s treatment of race and racism in 1940s America Black contributions to World War II are typically relegated to brief mentions of the admittedly illustrious Tuskegee Airmen What gets ignored is America s still segregated Army its still segregated Navy and the deplorable domestic treatment of blacks including black munitions workers Discrimination in the mushrooming defense industry continued unabated All over the country new war plants were refusing to hire blacks Negroes will considered only as janitors the general manager of North American Aviation publicly asserted It is the company policy not to employ them as mechanics and aircraft workers In Kansas City Standard Steel told the Urban League We have not had a Negro working in 25 years and do not plan to start now And from Vultee Air in California a blanket statement was issued It is not the policy of this company to employ other than the Caucasian race Goodwin devotes several large sections of her book to this oft overlooked reality The reality that America s treatment of blacks segregated facilities lynching suppressed votes suppressed juries bore uncomfortable similarities to Hitler s Germany I ve definitely become sensitive to the elision of wartime black experiences having recently read Richard Slotkin s Lost Battalions about the World War I travails of the black community so I appreciated Goodwin s thorough dedication to the topic It bears mentioning that Hitler drew this analogy himself As did Goebbels Accordingly I suggest this is an exception to Godwin s Law and its corollaries If Hitler himself says you are like Hitler there is no violation This 600 page volume covers a wide array of subjects In many ways it is a sweeping look at life during war but away from war But at its heart No Ordinary Time is uite intimate In a very real way it is a household drama starring Franklin D Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt and a rotating cast of boarders No matter what is going on in the world everything that Goodwin writes about comes back to the couple living in the White House And that s okay Having finished No Ordinary Time I m hard pressed to think up a fascinating twisted and compellingly dysfunctional yet functioning administration FDR s White House is unbelievable The shenanigans that took place during his four terms 12 years make John Kennedy s sex filled fake Camelot look like a Family Circus cartoon Among the lodgers in the People s House were Missy LeHand the President s personal secretary and possible mistress and Lorena Hickok a one time journalist in love with Eleanor It is unlikely that Eleanor who was admittedly closed off in matters of the heart ever consummated a relationship with Hickok Goodwin meticulously documents the extracurricular drama aided and abetted by a press corps with far discretion than their modern day counterparts and makes good use of the White House logs to track the comings and goings of visitors She also notes for those who were wondering I include myself that FDR s polio did not cause a lack of sexual function Among other things this book is a portrait of a marriage an oddly paired emotionally destructive unfathombaly complex union Clearly FDR needed outlets mental if not physical that Eleanor could not provide Likewise Eleanor needed support and attention that she never received from her husband Perhaps both of them would have been happier had they never met Eleanor certainly would have been She knew of her husband s affair with Lucy Mercer probably suspected an affair with Missy LeHand and had to watch him flirt with Martha the crown princess of Norway She also had to endure FDR s carelessness his tactlessness and his occasional casual cruelty FDR is by any metric one of our greatest and most transformational presidents He was also sort of a prick Yet Goodwin persuasively argues that emotional incompatibility aside they made a formidable political team FDR dedicated himself to winning the war to the extent that he was willing to bargain away many of his New Deal accomplishments to that end He focused on the global picture the strategy and the mobilization He was single minded in his dedication to Axis destruction Eleanor provided the boots on the ground both literally and figuratively She traveled the country tirelessly meeting with constituents providing the personal touch She met with interest groups and soothed ruffled feathers She fought to protect the New Deal legacy and also to broaden the umbrella to include the black community If Eleanor had turned down FDR s proposal of marriage life might have been easier at the same time and to his credit FDR allowed her to achieve greatness in her own right Goodwin s portrait of Eleanor by itself makes No Ordinary Time a worthwhile read Her views were amazingly modern and inclusive and she had the guts to defend them at a time when many people didn t want to hear any opinion from a woman For a long time I avoided Goodwin s books I only knew her from Meet the Press where she d sometimes appear to deliver a facile comparison between current and historical events I figured if her books were as broad as her sound bites I d be better off avoiding them Team of Rivals proved I am an idiot for thinking this Now I have begun working my way through her bibliography No Ordinary Time is minutely researched beautifully written and tells a compelling story that combines elements of world historical import with scenes from the weirdest soap opera ever conceived It is part history part biography part TMZ and always engaging