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No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Home Front in World War II
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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.
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.
Goodwin presents a compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created.
About the Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She is a political analyst for "Nightline," "Today," "Good Morning America," and "CBS Morning News." She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, Richard Goodwin, and their three sons.
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