Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, this Pulitzer Prize-winning work paints a detailed, intimate portrait of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt and provides a brilliant narrative account of America during wartime. Photos. 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 States. With 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.
This book is a good addition to the historiography of this time period because not only is it an interesting book, but it is well-researched and gave the reader a great deal of information. The reader really gets a sense of what the home front was like and what FDR did (or didn't do) to prepare the US.
I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in this time period, WWII, or FDR.
As an aside, the title of No Ordinary Time comes from a speech Eleanor Roosevelt made before the Democratic convention.
Although No Ordinary Time focuses on the lives of Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it gives a wonderful perspective on the home front during World War II – what was going on before, during and after the war to support the fighting men and defeat the Nazis and the Japanese. And it provides insight on an unusual partnership – FDR, who couldn’t get out easily because of the effects of polio, and the woman he sent out to gather facts for him. Of course, Eleanor was her own person. Her desire to fight for America’s underdogs, her independent nature – along with FDR’s own personality quirks and long-time love interest with Lucy Rutherfurd – were hard on the marriage. But it’s apparent they truly loved each other and worked together in the country’s best interest.
No Ordinary Time is a terrific read, researched to the nth degree and written with a journalistic approach.
I had no idea how loose-knit the marriage of Franklin and Eleanor was. Ms Goodwin did a masterful job weaving the fabrics of two dissimilar lives into one intimate, but beautiful tapestry. She is well-deserving of all the awards she received for her work.
The chapters which included the interfacing of Roosevelt and Churchill were especially enjoyable.
Among the more obscure facts that I found intriguing was that among the four Roosevelt sons they were married a total of 18 times.
The book is heavily footnoted and includes an index.
The Kindle digitation, however, was the worst I have seen to date. Not only were whole sentences scrambled, but the connection to footnotes was very poor. I finally had to give up.
Eleanor + FDR — excellent
Winner of the Pulitzer for History, No Ordinary Time is a chronicle of one of the most vibrant & revolutionary periods in US history. With an extraordinary collection of 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 world at war.
It's a comfort to read about the enormous problems that we faced during the 1930's and 40's and we survived. Today our government is in a shambles and the country divided. We're facing conflicting ideas concerning immigration , health care, climate control, race relations. These problems are not so far removed from the problems of yesterday.
I believe our society is basically good. Given the facts I believe we do the right thing. The Japanese internment camps were wrong. Turning away Jewish refugees fleeing persecution was wrong. Our tendency to be isolationists is wrong and we learned, at least I hope so.
I have never been a student of history until the twilight of my years. Its eye opening to realize not much has changed. People do not evolve quickly, yet when it happens it's like a sea change.
ER & FDR did much to shape our society in America as it is today. They did much to save the world.