Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic about the relationship between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, and how it shaped the nation while steering it through the Great Depression and the outset of World War II.
With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin’s marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor’s life as First Lady, and FDR’s White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.
This book was pretty well written. Goodwin tells the ins and outs of the domestic and foreign issues President Roosevelt and hia wife faced during the war. As an English major, I noticed she lacked citation of her sources, but makes the book read smoothly while providing accurate information. It took almost half the book to get to Pearl Harbor, but a great read if you want to more about Eleanor's role.
I read this book but haven't heard the audiobook. As with all of her books, Ms. Goodwin makes history read like a novel, and this particular book provides amazing insight into the lives of the Roosevelts. No matter what you're politics, you're going to be entertained as well as educated.
Extraordinary, not ordinary
Ms. Goodwin weaves facts and emotion effortlessly. I've twice gone to our local library to check out this audiobook. I enjoyed it so much it's now on my Christmas list. Ms. Goodwin incorporates the nation's struggles on the home front as well as the war front. She makes the nation's triumphs and tragedies come alive as few history teachers ever could.
Each time you listen to the audiobook you'll discover something new. This is definitely worth purchasing; one play is not enough.