Instaread Summary and Analysis of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; The Home Front in World War II
Five out of five stars
This summary is one of the best that I have ever read, the author does a superb condensation of the roles that Franklin (FDR) and Eleanor Roosevelt played in changing the United States and the world for the better. Two great existential threats were faced and effectively dealt with.
The first threat of the economic upheaval of the Great Depression was one with a complex cause and an even more complex solution. Never fully solved via economic actions, the solution emerged via the second great threat, the Second World War with Germany, Japan and the other secondary adversaries.
Through his deft actions, FDR averted any major moves towards social upheaval in the United States and then met the threat from abroad. As the summary makes clear, his wife Eleanor was truly his partner, she completely redefined the role of First Lady, her actions as a social activist led to change that was significant, yet not as much as she wanted.
This summary is an excellent primer on the extremely complex relationship between the two Roosevelts. Many times at odds that were personal as well as their actions as public figures, they managed to do so much that all people with an understanding of the social context of the times remain impressed. This book is now on my must read list.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.