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 relationships between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in No Ordinary Time, and on Lincoln and his team in Team of Rivals, 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.
©2013 Doris Kearns Goodwin (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
“Few audio productions this year are likely to match, or deserve as much praise as, this history of the Progressive Era and the presidential friendship that shaped, and was destroyed by, its politics… Edward Herrmann is simply her most simpatico reader…his steady, unflagging delivery is perfectly attuned to her narrative voice and, without mimicry, to the broad array of voices, personalities, and events that highlight this rich personal and social drama.” (AudioFile)
“Swiftly moving account of a friendship that turned sour, broke a political party in two and involved an insistent, omnipresent press corps. . . . It’s no small achievement to have something new to say on Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency, but Goodwin succeeds admirably. A notable, psychologically charged study in leadership.”(Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)
An absolute pleasure. DK Goodwin writes history like a novel. Each chapter tells a beautiful story of two greats of American history. Worth the price- get this book!
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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin makes the reader/listener a fly on the wall at a volatile and pivotal period in American history. She uses newspaper articles, diaries, journals, letters, and memoirs to put her reader/listeners in venues where the progressive movement had its beginning and brightest moments. The book contrasts and compares two deeply interesting men: Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft. It also details the lives of the most prominent muckraker journalists including S. S. McClur, Ida Tarbell, Ray Baker in a way that makes you think that you are watching them actually work. She creates an extremely personal look at all the major political players in the period between the Gilded Age and the beginning of World War I.
Team of Rivals was SO GOOD. This one is great as well. My favorite thing about it is there is no good guy/bad guy dichotomy. Each man did great things. Each man did what seem to me unfathomably bad things. The muckrakers had their great moment of influence and were fascinating people. I regret that I wasn't able to learn more about Ida Tarbell (But I'm impelled to find out more). And finally, today's political skirmishes are almost identical. The more I read of history, the more I'm convinced of the non-perfectability of governments and individuals. I can't even imagine how Doris Kearns Goodwin is able to create two such brilliantly researched and nuanced books.
Progressive Media Propoganda
Betrayal of Taft by Roosevelt due to arrogance.Taft thrust into politics largely against his will.The meltdown of McCure's Magazine.
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.
No, I love both forms. The print version has beautiful photos. I love that.
The personalization of the characters. Doris Kearns Goodwin really knows how to bring those characters into your home. It was wonderful. I feel like I know Presidents Roosevelt and Taft and their wives personally.
The description of Roosevelt and Taft walking together along the streets of Washington, DC. Both men are physically distinct, and for some reason, I found that scene amusing and beautifully memorable - a picture of a great friendship.
Didn't get print version
The ending...political enemies can always be friends
Bull moose party
Amazed at how persistent Teddy was.
Great book...abridged version would probably be a better listen.
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