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.
earlier. Instead, blindly insisting they could produce great quantities of both cars and planes, they had exposed the workers to a perilous situation. Taking out her anger and frustration on OPM chief William Knudsen, Eleanor accosted him one afternoon to ask what he intended to do about all the people being thrown out of work. “Mr. Knudsen looked at me like a great big benevolent bear,” Eleanor said, “as if to say, ‘Now, Mrs. Roosevelt, don’t let’s get excited.’” “I wonder if you know what
South Pacific, and journeyed twice to Capitol Hill to testify before congressional committees on the plight of migrant workers and the conditions of life in the District of Columbia. No first lady before had ever become such a public figure. Her breadth of activities created new expectations against which her successors would be measured. • • • On her last full day in the White House, Eleanor invited all the members of the Women’s Press Corps to a farewell tea in the State Dining Room. She
an independent life. But the moment her husband returned, she was expected to revert to the role of housewife. When her husband found her writing checks to pay the bills, he asked, “Why do you want to do that? I’m back!” When he saw her changing a tire on the car, he treated her as if she were “insane” to think that she could do such a thing. Troubles developed in the marriage. War wife Dellie Hahne had a similar experience. “My husband did not care for my independence,” she recalled. “He had
Carolina, and Allamuchy, New Jersey. In June 1945, she told her friend Elizabeth Shoumatoff that she had burned all of Roosevelt’s letters. Three years later, Lucy was diagnosed with leukemia. She died in July 1948, at the age of fifty-seven, and was buried beside her husband at Tranquility Farms in Allamuchy. Malvina Thompson continued to work for Mrs. Roosevelt until 1953, when she died in a New York hospital from a brain hemorrhage. She was sixty-one. Crown Princess Martha returned with her
end last year,” one reporter observed, “and the hills across the Hudson River stood out as clearly against the backdrop of the Catskill Mountains to the north but there remained only a memory of the peace which existed in the world at that time.” It is said that, in the weeks before the king and queen arrived, Sara’s neighbors along the Hudson had asked her if she was going to redecorate the house. “Of course not,” she responded, in her best starchy manner, “they’re not coming to see a