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5.0 out of 5 stars The Roosevelts as real people., 13 Jun 1999
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Goodwin does an outstanding job showing the Roosevelts as the mortal human beings they were, while adding substantially to the mystique surrounding the administration. FDR's extraordinary ability to build coalitions and make weighty decisions under pressure are nothing short of extraordinary, and Eleanor's dogged adherence to principle stand out against the empty pragmatism we see in the modern world. However, the personalities of less discussed figures, like Harry Hopkins and Sara Roosevelt add flesh to the story, and Goodwin's candid analysis of FDR's relationship with Lucy Rutherford is done as tastefully as possible. As one who read this outstanding book during the impeachment trial, I must admit, I longed for the days Goodwin describes, those in which the President seemed to believe America was really the greatest country in the history of the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a well-deserved pulitzer prize winning historical tale, 23 May 1999
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This review is from: No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II (Paperback)
An incredibly thorough historical account of a remarkable couple that reads like a novel. The research was exhaustive--right down to the first couple's appointment books. You will walk away from this book confirmed of FDR's greatness (as a President, not as a husband) and thoroughly impressed at the too often unheralded accomplishments of Eleanor. Her civil right's record is greater than almost any other resident of the White House. Goodwin tells the story through the voices of those who lived it (with quotes from presidential advisers, internment camp residents, soldiers, factory working wives and mothers, etc...). This style proves very effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Peek into One Family's Life, 8 Sep 2008
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We may think we know all there is to know about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, but Doris Kearns Goodwin shows in this well-written and fascinating book that we only *thought* we knew the whole story.

This book is full of intimate moments, as told by those who were present to see them. Beautiful detailed, interesting and colorful, this is a layered and nuanced description of life in the Roosevelt White House during those turbulent years between 1940 and 1945.

What I wasn't expecting, and what turned out to be a delightful surprise, was the discussion of what life was like on the Homefront for average Americans during this time. This made extraordinary reading.

For those who are interested in history, this must be added to your list of titles. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look into a fascinating time, 2 April 1998
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I often judge books by their ability to transport me to another place and time... and this one scores big. If you ever wished that you could be that proverbial fly on the wall, this book lets you! As Goodwin's title says, it was NO ORDINARY TIME, and her look at the figures that dominated the American political scene for 13 years is simply fascinating. The book especially leaves one with an appreciation for what an amazing woman Eleanor was. A great book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed accout of Roosevelt Era, 30 Jan 1998
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Doris Goodwin, althouth not a historian by trade, is an excellent storytelleer. In this volume, she attempts to understand WWII and the ensuing Cold War as product of two personalities -- Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. What makes this book compelling, and perhaps better than most of the other Roosevelt biographies, is Goodwin's ability to place together the varied pieces of FDR's private life, and then use it as a map to understand the public man. She spends much time on the unusual -- if not bizarre -- living arraingments in the White House during WWII. Harry Hopkins living in one room; Churchill in another; secretary Missy LeHand in another. And Eleanor had here own set of overnight guests and companions as well. But she doesn't make note of this for salacious reasons; rather, she points to it as evidence of Franklins unusual needs and quirks that were essential to his fullfilling his presidential duties. One could only wonder, she posits at one point, what the modern media would make of the Roosevelt White House. All in all, the book is an accurate, and sometimes spectacular, portrayal of the Roosevelt White during that most turbulent time. Goodwin does, on occassion, get a bit preachy and even philosophical about FDR's impact on the country and the world. It is, nonetheless, a fine effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history, 14 Jan 2014
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This book gives many fascinating and little-known facts and anecdotes. It makes both of the Roosevelts come alive as real people, not just figures in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it., 7 Mar 2013
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totally engaging, informative, enlightening. superb really. love all the homey detail. If you want to know what the White House was like during this time, or the relationship of Roosevelt with Churchill that led the US into participating in the war, this isyour book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 18 Aug 2012
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In superb condition and an inticing read. Encompasses the childhood's of both Eleanor and Franklin which provides an interesting backdrop to their decision making on the grandest political stage of them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD BOOK, 22 Mar 2014
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ONLY A 'SHORT' BOOK' AS REGARDS MOST OF THE BOOKS I LOVE TO READ, BY SHORT,I MEAN NOT A LOT OF PAGES, I LOVE A GOOD THICK TOME BUT THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK WAS WELL WRITTEN AND INTERESTING AND I ENJOYED READING IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Political biography at its best, 23 Feb 2012
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A brilliant and fascinating account of FDR's and Eleanor's lives and interaction during the early 40's, set into the context of US politics and the protagonists' backgrounds. Even better than 'Team of rivals'
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