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Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, Doris Kearns Goodwin describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become, only five years later, the preeminent economic and military power in the world. Using diaries, interviews, and White House records, Goodwin paints an intimate, detailed portrait not only of the presidency during wartime but also Franklin and Eleanor themselves, as well as their friends, advisers, and family. Bringing to bear the tools of both history and biography, No Ordinary Time relates the unique story of how FDR led the nation to victory in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor's essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society. Listen to Doris Kearns Goodwin talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes (10/25/94).
©1995 Doris Kearns Goodwin, All Rights Reserved (P)1995 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gregory A. Beale on 03-03-04

Great Personal History

The author provides countless personal insights into the lives of Elenor and Franklin Roosevelt. Although no new ground is uncovered, the author weaves the personal histories of two extraordinary people into a biography that gives great insight into a topic we see too little of today: Leadership.

As I listened to this book, I remarked repeatedly how lucky we were to have leadership that was at once personal and flawed, but overall magnificent and extraordinarily timely.

Franklin Roosevelt, according to his own wishes, is downplayed in history. I was reminded of this recently, when several in congress wanted to replace Roosevelt's bust on the dime with Reagan's. Mrs. Reagan had the class to actively squelch this campaign (at least for now).

Certainly history will judge each president in turn, but Roosevelt stands as a true giant in history, and this book cooberates his standing. Elenor's consistent contributions are stressed as well throughout the book; for in fact, they were the first president and first lady "team" in modern history.

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By Kathryn Kienholz on 05-29-03

Good enough that I wish it were unabridged.

The original book was a Pulitzer Prize winner -- enough said. I'm way too young to have first-hand memories of the years covered in this book, so I learned a lot about Franklin and Eleanor and the people around them. Fascinating.

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