Along with our athletic pursuits, we are beginning an academic pursuit. Ok, it’s just a book club among the sisters. Fall book reading in pants.
Our first book is No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
I’m just on Chapter 1, but I’m already learning a lot. And realizing how extremely limited my knowledge about American History is. Particulary the period following WWI and leading up to WWII. For instance, I didn’t know about the ISOLATIONISM policy before WW1, that obviously didn’t work because we went to war and meddled in affairs outside of the US. And that our Military had been so depleted leading up to WW2. The US Military ranked #17 in the world in size and power. Germany when it invaded, what sounds like a large section of Europe, was a super military power, ranked #1.
I love the way Goodwin tells the story. And she tells the story like a narrative, the details of Roosevelts office, how he gets in and out of his bed with the help of his valet, and what the night was like following Germany’s invasion. Already, the book is suspenseful…what will Roosevelt do? And I don’t know. Because I know nothing (virtually nothing) about American history.
I’m also really interested in Eleanor Roosevelt. What an interesting lady.
What are you thinking about sisters, as you are further along than me. What’s piqued your curiosity?
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