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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 1995 ISBN: 9780743519908
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Goodwin has pulled off the double trick of making Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt seem so monumental as to have come from a very distant past, and at the same time so vital as to have been alive only yesterday.” 

    New York Times

  • “With an uncanny feel for detail and a novelist’s grasp of drama and depth, Doris Kearns Goodwin brilliantly narrates the interrelationship between the inner workings of the Roosevelt White House and the destiny of the United States. Goodwin paints a comprehensive, intimate portrait that fills in a historical gap in the story of our nation under the Roosevelts.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Goodwin’s narrative, based upon interviews and other primary research and deeply informed by the scholarship of others, will keep company with the best works in the vast Roosevelt canon and will absorb and delight a wide readership.” 

    Library Journal

  • “People often say they don’t like to read history because it’s so dry. They apparently have not read history the way Goodwin writes it…By the time we finish this more than eight-hundred-page study, we feel as if we have been present during the events described, as if we have known the players.” 

    Booklist

  • Winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1995 Ambassador Book Award for Biography/Autobiography

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mellanee | 2/18/2014

    " I love history and thought this book was wonderful. I learned a ton about WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Katinas | 2/7/2014

    " Doris Kearns Goodwin writes history with a novelist's sensibility. You come to know Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt as flesh and blood people, not just historical icons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/1/2014

    " A remarkably easy and engrossing read. Despite knowing what happened during WWII, there were parts of this book that had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen! Both FDR and Eleanor were far ahead of their time in their thinking, and this book illustrates that perfectly. They were truly extraordinary people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billbob Spear | 1/31/2014

    " There is much to learn from this book which is written in a very personal tone. The Roosevelt family comes alive, so of up close and personal. The book gives a terrific feel for the pressures of the times and the wily nature of this President. It is almost like you become an insider in the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Moritz | 1/28/2014

    " It took me 16 months to finish this book so yes, I feel a sense of triumph. But please do not form any opinion over the quality of the book with my inability to stay focused while reading it. I adore Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her writing is interesting and accessible. It is also detailed and thick and at times I became distracted by something shinny (oh look! A new Jen Lancaster book!) or simply didn't feel up to the level of Doris and the Roosevelts. This book which explores relationships of all kinds between and around Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during WWII reaches into every nook and cranny of that era from their marriage and personal relationships, to political relationships, to labor and big business, to civil rights and women's work. It deals with some nitty-gritty of the war effort, primarily on the home front (as per the books title) but also with some military description. While fascinating throughout, it is not until the end of the book where I started to fully grasp not only the individual drives of Franklin and Eleanor but of how their personality, their marriage and their relationships with other people profoundly impacted American society. Loved it. While not a history of World War II, I feel better versed in the war effort. More importantly for me, I could see my grandparents' story woven into parts of the book. It brought back the voice of my grandmother telling tales of working for Bell Aircraft and my grandfather's sparse words about his service overseas. As fascinating as Eleanor and Franklin were (and I still find them to be) the connection of their story to that of American society is what makes this a read that I relish and enjoy, not just plow through. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/16/2014

    " I'm breaking my non-non-fiction rule to review this one. Doris Kearns Goodwin tells the story of the home front in WWII with the sensibility of a novelist and the integrity of a historian. You want to cry when FDR dies at the end. Still, you get a sense of his strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of Eleanor and his cabinet. Good read if you're into history, or want to know more about how the U.S. helped win WWII through crazy mobilization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Fauntleroy | 1/15/2014

    " If you want to know what the US was like during WWII and what President Roosevelt had to deal with, this is the book to read. I learned a lot about how this country's belief in itself got us through an extraordinary time. Great history lessons here. I may actually read this book again... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jvlee624 | 1/11/2014

    " I am going to finish this book someday. I think I read a chapter of it like every two weeks or something. It's good, like roasted Brussels sprouts, but not good like pizza or cupcakes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mabel | 12/31/2013

    " Goodwin in a skillful writer, making history come alive in a very readable fashion. It was interesting to discover the "behind the scenes" activities that occurred during that time in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Wood | 12/25/2013

    " Taught me a lot about the Roosevelts and WW11 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 12/24/2013

    " Goodwin is one of my favorite authors and she does an excellent job of letting the reader into the minds of both Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. Great great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eunys | 12/4/2013

    " Super details "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Perry | 11/20/2013

    " Fabulous story, read like a novel. Kearns has jam-packed this book with details about the time and about Eleanor and Franklin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbball27 | 11/10/2013

    " An excellent read, it takes you back to a time I knew little about and individuals who shaped our world. My new heroine, Eleanor...what a first lady!! When I was done, I missed Eleanor and Franklin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 11/6/2013

    " Eleanor R. was the most amazing woman of her time. What an inspirational leader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Berry | 9/7/2013

    " One of the best historical nonfiction books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 4/15/2013

    " Best book I've read in a long, long time. Bring the Roosevelt era to life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cyndee | 2/8/2013

    " This is a good book but very hard to read and very confusing with all of the people popping in and out. You almost need a program of characters to keep up with everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Elvidge | 10/1/2012

    " Doris Kearns Goodwin has a phenomenal writing technique that turns historical facts into fast paced prose. Her books are exceptionally well researched and a joy to read. Can not recommend them enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cayenne | 8/14/2012

    " Great writing, but this is more of a very interesting and very detailed, well-written college textbook for a course on America during WWII. I would LOVE to read it, but I'm already reading a pretty dense history book and I am more interested in books on weaving at the moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Dudek | 7/10/2012

    " Another long and detailed book that makes history come alive! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 4/2/2012

    " Read this one a long time ago. Love Eleanor Roosevelt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 3/11/2012

    " fascinating insight into the lives of FDR and Eleanor. I'm naming my daughter Eleanor after reading this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 11/24/2011

    " History, yes. But what brilliant minds. Core strength. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/17/2011

    " I'm obsessed with Eleanor Roosevelt now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flannery | 7/27/2011

    " Oh, I just loved reading this but I just couldn't stick with it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 5/29/2011

    " This is an interesting book and I learned many new things about this period of history that I did not previously know. It is a little slower than Team of Rivals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/25/2011

    " My favorite history writer! A fascinating look at life and politics at the beginning of World War II. I learned so much about 20th century American history by reading this one book. It puts the war in perspective without reading about battles. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/9/2011

    " Interesting as a dual biography of the Roosevelts as well as an idea of life in the US during WWII. Kearns is an excellent writer. This is the second of her books I've read and I intend to read them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 4/26/2011

    " A very long and fascinating review of history during the time of Franklin Roosevelt's presidency and his and Eleanor's personal lives. A good read for history's sake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/25/2011

    " an interesting account of the war years. no much new info from other books i read. interesting to read about the depression and contrast to this recession.
    i thoought her last chapter was very well written ..eleanor was a wonderful woman and she did a lot for all of us . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 4/14/2011

    " 4.5 stars, really excellent and very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marge | 2/1/2011

    " Excellent in every way. I learned so much history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanie | 1/29/2011

    " Good read for Franklin-philes but the author extrapolated a lot of conclusions from hearsay and innuendo. There was no real new information but both Franklin and Eleanor came across as real people (warts and all) with understandable personality quirks. "

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About the Author
Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Goodwin was a White House Fellow during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration and taught government courses at Harvard University. She won the Lincoln Prize in 2006 for her book Team of Rivals and is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission advisory board; she is also a political news analyst for NBC, CBS, and ABC, among others, and she lectures around the country. Goodwin lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.