In this study group, we plan to look at the domestic life of the American nation during the international crisis that was World War II. The United States of 1940, still suffering from the ravages of a decade-long depression and woefully unprepared for war, was unified by a common threat and by the extraordinary leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt to become, five years later, the preeminent economic and military power in the world. Our text will be Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (Simon & Schuster, 1994, paperback). The book is the story of the home front, told through the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the circle of friends and associates who lived with them in the family quarters of the White House during World War II. Eleanor, whose primary concern was the home front, appears as a voice of conscience, trying to preserve New Deal liberalism amid the urgent crises of the war. Franklin, meanwhile, was preoccupied with diplomacy and strategy, leading the nation to military victory against seemingly insurmountable odds. Join us as we examine this crucial period,and the creation of modern America.