No ordinary time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt the home front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Doris Kearns Goodwin is one of America’s premier historians. Two time winner the Pulitzer Prize for history writing as well as many other awards. Often seen on television as a history consultant she has done it all in her field. Her study of Lincoln’s political skills in Team of Rivals showed how that skill could be an honorable one and help to save the nation. Turned into a movie it also won an Academy award as well as her second Pulitzer Prize.
Her first Pulitzer was No Ordinary Time. In the setting of the home front in World War II It tells the story of the marriage so unusual it almost defies description. We learn of an affair, a broken but patched up marriage and then most remarkably what they did together and apart which changed and brought a nation into its modern form and and opened the door to world leadership.
Above all else though the book is an intimate characterization of the Roosevelt’s and all the people they met and interacted with during the most destructive war ever. But but what a cast of characters! Some world famous and others not Page by page, chapter by chapter it all becomes more personal. And then perhaps like me you will be saying wow! Their relationships, the successes and failures, the foibles etc.Public and private details and anecdotes weave a story you will never forget. I loved it all. Finally though my minded drifted to our RECENTLY PAST leader in Washington and I felt immeasurably sick.......
I must read this again! Thanks.ReplyDelete
I have read books about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, watched the fabulous Ken Burns documentary on their family, and visited their homes and burial site at Hyde Park, NY. He was an imperfect man with an imperfect marriage and together they made a perfect team.ReplyDelete
I saw the movie:)ReplyDelete
They were a facinating couple who somehow made it work.ReplyDelete
Paul watched the documentary on PBS but it was too looooong for me, so didn’t know they were so interesting. Think we’ll look up the movie.ReplyDelete
Good post Ray, and excellent book. In terms of the too long, it seems endemic to our times, we have only the attention span of a short cartoon. It's how things like trump happen, is people cannot focus on any one thing for more than 15 seconds.ReplyDelete
I have read almost all of her books. I so sadly have to agree with you about our present "leader." Who would ever imagined such a person as POTUS?ReplyDelete