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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed accout of Roosevelt Era, 30 Jan. 1998
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This review is from: Title: No Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Th (Audio Cassette)
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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