In a consummate blend of history and biography, Goodwin illuminates the partnership between Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt that raised America from the Depression, forged military victory, and transformed the nation into a superpower. 32 pages of photos.In a consummate blend of history and biography, Goodwin illuminates the partnership between Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt that raised America from the Depression, forged military victory, and transformed the nation into a superpower. 32 pages of photos.Read Less
A story worth reading simply for the history of a turbulent time in US history. The insight into the unusual personalities of both leading characters is intriguing and enlightening. What dissimilar personalities who married without really knowing each other. My estimation of Eleanor took a giant leap upward as I read of her work in the cause of women and Blacks. The involvement of Roosevelt and Churchill in war strategy also surprised me. Great reading!
Jul 25, 2010
Simply The Best
A great work by an author I consider to be the best writer of historical novels. Her reasearch
is thorough. Some truly interesting facts that give wonderful insight into the educational and sociological norms of the times. This author takes the reader through the daily life and times of the people who were touched by the varioius struggles and sacrifices of the the war years.
Jul 22, 2010
What an incredible book. It is the most insightful look at two of our country's most intelligent and insightful leaders. An easy read as it plows through the events of World War II and Eleanor's incredible contribution to American life, albeit ahead of her time.
Jun 24, 2010
Wonderful history of the war years back home. This book presents things you never learned in your American History class! The "behind the scenes" dealings-both political and personal- help paint a more accurate picture of those war years and the attitudes of those in the power seats. A long, but great read!
Dec 18, 2009
This is a great book by a fine historian who really knows how to tell a story. You don't have to be a student of history to enjoy this book. And don't be put off by its size; it's a very entertaining read.
Goodwin uses remarkable sources to find the human side of both FDR and his estranged wife who carved out her own life after learning of his infidelity. Nevertheless they remained friends and he actually reached out to her for support during especially trying times.
I rate it as one of the best books in all of American history!
Publishers Weekly, 1994-08-01 No previous biography of a president has given so complete a picture of how private lives and political questions intersect uniquely for the residents of the White House. Nor has any history of WWII so fully documented the domestic life of the nation during the international crisis. Narrating the events of the war from the vantage point of the White House, Goodwin (Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream) reveals a political drama fought in Congress, within the cabinet, in the press and in the living quarters of the executive mansion. As Goodwin makes richly evident, Eleanor was a homefront counterpart to Winston Churchill, a partner and provocateur whose relationship with FDR was rarely smooth and often frankly confrontational. Previous works on the Roosevelts have suggested that, as an adviser, Eleanor was her husband's political and social conscience; Goodwin shows in stunning detail that even more, she was his astute political partner, lobbyist and goad. The author's portrait offers a fresh perspective on WWII and, more than coincidentally during the debate over the proper role of Hillary Rodham Clinton, depicts how a savvy, relentlessly involved First Lady incalculably enriched and shaped the political and social agendas of the nation. Photos. History Book Club split main selection; BOMC alternate; author tour. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly, 1995-09-04 Goodwin's account of the Roosevelt presidency during WWII highlights America's changing domestic front. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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