No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Home Front in World War II
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From the bestselling author of Team of Rivals and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, a compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created. At the center of the country’s transformation was the complex partnership of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president’s and first lady’s comings and goings, Goodwin paints a detailed, intimate portrait not only of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime but of the Roosevelts themselves and their extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family, many of whom lived with them in the White House.
Bringing to bear the tools of history and biography as well as her great talent for capturing larger-than-life characters, Goodwin relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt, surrounded by his small circle of intimates, led the nation to military victory abroad against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor’s essential help, forever changes the fabric of American society.
with Roosevelt and support Willkie. At 9 p.m., as Lewis moved up to the microphones to speak, the president was sitting by his radio in his study, accompanied by Harry Hopkins and Grace Tully. Eleanor was at the Olney Inn for dinner with a group of female journalists, including Ruby Black, Martha Strayer, Emma Bugbee, and Bess Furman. It had been a busy day for Roosevelt, starting with a press conference in the morning, various appointments, lunch with Eleanor, a meeting with the Cabinet, a
into the national consciousness,” creating in all a permanent memory of where they were when they first heard the news. • • • Churchill was sitting at Chequers with envoy Averell Harriman and Ambassador John Winant when news of the Japanese attack came over the wireless. Unable to contain his excitement, he bounded to his feet and placed a call to the White House. “Mr. President, what’s this about Japan?” “It’s quite true,” Roosevelt replied. “They have attacked us at Pearl Harbour. We are
However, you must know how proud I am every time you get something accomplished—which is all the time—just being with you is a joy I can’t explain. “Please let me do things for you—you are the ones who have my love and only real devotion—without that I would have little reason for taking up space, don’t you think?” Unable now to do things for the man she loved, Missy apparently lost faith in her reason for “taking up space.” One night, during the 1941-42 holidays, the telephone rang in the home
possible”: James MacGregor Burns, Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (1970), p. 519. WC restless during film: Martin Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill, vol. VII, Road to Victory, 1941-1945 (1986), p. 964. “With all my heart . . .”: Jim Bishop, FDR’s Last Year (1974), p. 143. FDR seemed depressed: ibid., p. 139. “He seems to have . . .”: Gilbert, Churchill, vol. VII, p. 969. “did not even greet him”: Winston S. Churchill, The Second World War, vol. VI, Triumph and Tragedy (1953), p. 142. “You
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