DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN’S “NO ORDINARY TIME: FRANKLIN AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: THE HOME FRONT IN WORLD WAR II”

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front In World War II” is no ordinary book. In fact, it is great… And to drive the point, even further, let me repeat that it is GREAT.

Mrs. Goodwin is an American treasure, her contributions as a historian are extraordinary. Whether she is dissecting Lincoln’s Presidency in “Team of Rivals” or Teddy Roosevelt’s friendship and rivalry with President Taft in “The Bully Pulpit” or her heartwarming tribute to baseball and the Brooklyn Dodgers in “Wait Till Next Year” or her amazing, detailed, and poignant portrait of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in the above reviewed book, one is always left breathless and in awe of her writing and certainly more educated and studious about our history and the amazing people who have contributed to our greatness as a country.

“No Ordinary Time” is a historical look at President Roosevelt’s accomplishments as a leader before the war, during the Great Depression, and throughout the war as he oversaw the greatest military and industrial build up in the history of the world. It is hard to imagine any other President in the history of the 20th century who could have mustered and guided our country and its citizens and the world anymore masterful than this extraordinary, yet flawed, individual. It is not a far cry, and Mrs. Goodwin alludes to this in her book, to say that President Franklin Roosevelt is chiefly responsible for the freedom enjoyed today in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the world.

That being said, if one is looking for an unknown hero to emulate one should look no further than Eleanor Roosevelt. During this extraordinary and difficult time, she led the charge against racial discrimination in the military, in the work force, and against the living conditions that black Americans were forced to survive under. Her pressure on the President, his cabinet, the military and labor was one of the chief reasons for desegregation in the military, work force, and urban housing. 51dYq3NxqaL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_(The Civil War might have ended slavery, but it did not free black Americans) She also championed women’s rights in the work force, fought against the Japanese internment during the war, helped to set up the first child care centers for the millions of American women who entered the workforce during this period, and forced the President to include women in the politics of the time and that is just a few of the things this amazing and tireless woman did for our country and citizens… At no financial cost to the American public.

Besides, the wonderful portraits of these two incredible individuals, Mrs. Goodwin skillfully integrates the complicated relationships the President and his wife had with Churchhill, Stalin, their children, their confidants and everyday American citizens.

Truly an amazing book and no surprise the winner of the The Pulitzer Prize.

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