Through her words, the reader Goodwin has to be the best non-fiction writer I have ever read. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a fabulous wr No Ordinary Time is so deserving of all the praise it's received, including the Pulitzer Prize. It is a detailed examination of the marriage of Franklin and Eleanor and their ability to overcome emotional distance to create a unique partnership. Her knowledge of the subject becomes clear in her attention to detail. Not once did I feel overwhelmed with detail about politics, policies, elections, or war time strategy. Join the conversation via an occasional email Get only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post.
All in all a amazing read of actual first person history. Spoiler alert, MacArthur was a pain in the President posterior. It is excellent, totally up to Doris Kearns Goodwin's usual standard. In spite of the many individuals mentioned and the complex domestic and war situations, I don't think anyone will be lost. It truly deserves its Pulitzer Prize and the four or more other awards and accolades it garnered. Goodwin's writing is marvelously efficient, thorough and insightful.
She is very good at it. I had her book about the Roosevelts on my reading list for some time. Even when Eleanor is home in the White House, she and Franklin have separate bedrooms, and Franklin seems more chummy with selected members of his female staff many reside in the White House as well , than the First Lady. One must keep that in mind when reading this book; historical decisions and precedents were not so clear cut at the time. This is the second book I have listened to of hers, and I am in awe of her talent for writing and telling a story.
For personal and cultural reasons, both women were well through half of their lives before they really came into their own. This is necessary to me because in this method the real history, the pure history, is preserved without bias. I simply loved this book. Second, to earn a decent living or live in a decent home was not considered a right and most people had neither. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. Like so a lot of others, he never talked about his experiences.
For the first time blacks were working alongside whites and woman alongside men on a significant scale. Do not wait and do this here! Such a relationship was possible because, well, Eleanor was never home. He kept his horrors of battle to himself all his life. As a leader of a normal household as husband and wife, not as much. Franklin was a proud and concerned President who spent over 3 terms in office working toward winning the war through to his dying day.
He wished to simply talk to the people so that they would have a full, rich understanding of whatever was his topic of the chat. Within that context, the story of the Roosevelts is much more spectacular. I was particularly taken in by Eleanor's story. None of these guys will claim to be a character even though they overcame fear not just once but every day, and witnessed horrors and suffered losses that no man should. While the book was dense, it was very readable.
I have problem with ex officers using not good language but I also understand that these men were quite elderly. Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. I feel that I am just touching the tip of the iceberg with this review. I have read two other of Doris Goodwin's books and each one had me anticipating what I would read next in a most interesting way. From the best-selling author of The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream comes a compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created.
This was a book-on-tape read begun when driving south to St. This does not vitiate the significance of the book for the a lot of others nor even to those in the foregoing category. Her experiences working for Lyndon B. Only 40% of adults had more than an 8th grade education. The description of how the U. Rozelle, for preserving this history and I am looking forward to your next book. Goodwin had the unique experience of living at the Johnson ranch to gather research for the book.