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  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (809)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, 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 led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "A Historical Allegory for Current Events"
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    If you could sum up The Bully Pulpit in three words, what would they be?

    Progressive Media Propoganda


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bully Pulpit?

    Betrayal of Taft by Roosevelt due to arrogance.Taft thrust into politics largely against his will.The meltdown of McCure's Magazine.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Taft


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book appears to me as an attempted vindication and rationalization of government and media collusion that is so common today. Numerous times the author laments that many of the progressive initiatives of Roosevelt did not go far enough. Despite the obviousness of the political views of Ms. Kearns Goodwin, it is fairly entertaining profile of a very familiar sounding charismatic progressive whose arrogance and outsized ego became his undoing. This character flaw ultimately compelled him to betray a lifelong friend in favor of continued power, only to be rebuffed by voters, and ultimately dooming the presidential ambitions of both. The characterization of the media is also familiar, as it details the morphing of journalists from impartial reporters of the news to advocates of causes and political agents of politicians. Naturally, the author celebrates this transition because of the consistent support for progressive causes. Bottom line, it was enlightening and worth the time, even if I happen not to agree with the authors conclusions or interpretations on many points.

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