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In her latest historical biography, Pulitzer Prize–winner Goodwin explores the fractious relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. As with Team of Rivals and No Ordinary Time, The Bully Pulpit is remarkable for its meticulous research and lively, accessible narrative.
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The gap between rich and poor has never been wider... legislative stalemate paralyzes the country... corporations resist federal regulations... spectacular mergers produce giant companies... the influence of money in politics deepens... bombs explode in crowded streets... small wars proliferate far from our shores... a dizzying array of inventions speeds the pace of daily life.

These unnervingly familiar headlines serve as the backdrop for Doris Kearns Goodwin's highly anticipated The Bully Pulpit — a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.

The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft — a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country's history.

The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine — Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White — teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S. S. McClure.

Goodwin's narrative is founded upon a wealth of primary materials. The correspondence of more than four hundred letters between Roosevelt and Taft begins in their early thirties and ends only months before Roosevelt's death. Edith Roosevelt and Nellie Taft kept diaries. The muckrakers wrote hundreds of letters to one another, kept journals, and wrote their memoirs. The letters of Captain Archie Butt, who served as a personal aide to both Roosevelt and Taft, provide an intimate view of both men.

The Bully Pulpit, like Goodwin's brilliant chronicles of the Civil War and World War II, exquisitely demonstrates her distinctive ability to combine scholarly rigor with accessibility. It is a major work of history — an examination of leadership in a rare moment of activism and reform that brought the country closer to its founding ideals.

Synopsis:

Doris Kearns Goodwin, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Team of Rivals, captures the Progressive Era through the story of the broken friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, culminating in their running against one another for president in 1912.

Synopsis:

After Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin wields her magic on another larger-than-life president, and another momentous and raucous American time period as she brings Theodore Roosevelt, the muckraking journalists, and the Progressive Era to life.

As she focused on the relationship between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Lincoln and his Team, Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the “muckraking” press — including legendary journalists Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, William Allen White, and editor Sam McClure — Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture between the two led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that resulted in the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson and the diminishment of Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive wing of the Republican Party.

Like Goodwin’s chronicles of the Civil War and the Great Depression, The Bully Pulpit describes a time in our history that enlightened and changed the country, ushered in the modern age, and produced some unforgettable men and women.

About the Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, Richard N. Goodwin.

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Cristal, December 20, 2013 (view all comments by Cristal)
What I like most about Doris Kern Goodwin's storytelling is how she writes her books like you are a part of the story. I read "Team Of Rivals" and thoroughly enjoyed it because of her exceptional talent to bring the characters to life. What I feel that sets her aside from many other history writers is the fact that she can write a book about history, like it's a novel. That alone brings her many readers that would normally not read much of history. She is very likely the most read historian in our time.

I found the chapters in the beginning where she dedicates a chapter for each person involved interesting and delightful. It shows through letters and their influences they were exposed to early on that made them who they became. It makes clear their strength, weaknesses, expectations and disappointments. You see later on why Roosevelt and Taft were in fact so different in spite of sharing and agreeing on deep issues close to their hearts. It is a story of triumph, human fragility and strength, loyalty, love and in case of the S.S. McClure almost a Machiavellian achievement. I became especially found of Ida Tarbell. What a great woman for her time.

I couldn't wait to get this book and I have alternatively read it and listened to it on audio books. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I would give this book more stars if I could, because writers like Doris Kern Goodwin don't come around that often.
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ISBN:
9781416547860
Subtitle:
Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Author:
Goodwin, Doris Kearns
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Biography - General
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Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20131105
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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In her latest historical biography, Pulitzer Prize–winner Goodwin explores the fractious relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. As with Team of Rivals and No Ordinary Time, The Bully Pulpit is remarkable for its meticulous research and lively, accessible narrative.

"Synopsis" by , Doris Kearns Goodwin, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Team of Rivals, captures the Progressive Era through the story of the broken friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, culminating in their running against one another for president in 1912.
"Synopsis" by , After Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin wields her magic on another larger-than-life president, and another momentous and raucous American time period as she brings Theodore Roosevelt, the muckraking journalists, and the Progressive Era to life.

As she focused on the relationship between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Lincoln and his Team, Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the “muckraking” press — including legendary journalists Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, William Allen White, and editor Sam McClure — Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture between the two led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that resulted in the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson and the diminishment of Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive wing of the Republican Party.

Like Goodwin’s chronicles of the Civil War and the Great Depression, The Bully Pulpit describes a time in our history that enlightened and changed the country, ushered in the modern age, and produced some unforgettable men and women.

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