Reader reviews for No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The author is a master at producing both a well-researched and very readable history. This time she tackles the wartime Roosevelts providing background biographical material as needed for context. A good balance of world events and the personal lives of the Roosevelts.
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This book served as a window through which to look at one of the more important periods in the history of the United States -- a few years prior to, and after, my birth year of 1942. My entire life has been influenced by the Roosevelt years and what a wonderful job Doris Kearns Goodwin did in describing them. 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.
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I really loved this book. Doris Kerns Goodwin is a great author.
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I am astounded by the research that must have been done for this book. Included historical fact as well as personal detail. I want to know even more about the Roosevelts and the era.
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A fascinating read. Well researched and easy to read. I'd always wondered what Franklin and Eleanor were really like, and now I know.
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This is a great book and it's no surprise why it won the Pulitzer Prize. It is dense, but I like Doris Goodwin's writing style and there is a lot of detail and information contained in this book on President Roosevelt, his wife, and the home front. Not only does Ms. Goodwin tell the story of the American homefront starting in 1940, but she weaves in a biography of both Eleanor and Franklin at the same time so the reader understands what went on prior to 1940 in their personal lives. By weaving in the biography, readers who are familiar with their backstories won't get bored and readers who are not familiar with it, learn it.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.
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Excellent! Goodwin has done a masterful job researching this book. How much richer a book that included both of the formidable team of Franklin & Eleanor.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.
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