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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:
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No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president's and first lady's comings and goings, Goodwin paints an intimate portrait of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime, and the Roosevelts' extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family.

Bringing to bear the tools of both history and biography, No Ordinary Time relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt led the nation to victory against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor's essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society.

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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.” 


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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