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The Bully Pulpit Audiobook
The Bully Pulpit
Written by: 
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Narrated by: 
Edward Herrmann
The Bully Pulpit Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2015

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    K. Jones Lenexa, KS United States 06-03-14
    K. Jones Lenexa, KS United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2014

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love history, you will love this book. It is majestic in the way it tells the story of two extraordinary men and the world in which they lived.


    What other book might you compare The Bully Pulpit to and why?

    It reminded me of the Kennedys and Fitzgeralds because of the historical context provided


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Great as usual


    Any additional comments?

    One of Doris' best

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AdamR 03-24-16
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    "History writing at its best!"

    don't let length scare you. I was sitting in my car after arriving at destination because I couldn't stop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R.J. Hamer 04-18-15
    R.J. Hamer 04-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    The story tells a part of history from a human side sadly over looked in history classes but possibly one of the most important in American history.

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    Loretta R. Cooper 07-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    ""Reads" like novel. Couldn't put it down."

    Goodwin's research is so detailed she manages not only to weave together an engaging plot, but these larger than life characters actually grow and change. We see their vices and virtues and how they impact the nation overtime. I can't say enough about this book.
    This may be the best of Goodwin's already impressive body of work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Littman OH 12-29-13
    D. Littman OH 12-29-13 Member Since 2016

    history buff

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    "Good narrative, little analysis"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a terrific narrator, and does a good job relating the sweep of history and how her various characters fit into the sweep (and influence the sweep as well). With respect to Taft & Roosevelt, and especially the latter, there is not a lot of new information here, but it is the "how" of the narration that is new, the connecting of the dots between the two of them, and between them & the history of the US that is novel here.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be impossible and indeed undesirable to read this in just one sitting, it is a sprawling story, in the way Kearns Goodwin tells it. And it is better to take smaller bites over a longer period, to appreciate the story.


    Any additional comments?

    A strength of this book and indeed of all of this author's books, is her strength as a narrator. A weakness is the absence of analysis. And, often, along with that lack, the portrayal of the protagonists with a substantial deemphasis of their flaws. Not so much their flaws as people but the flaws of their policies.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bell San Antonio, TX USA 12-27-13
    Craig Bell San Antonio, TX USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Doris Goodwin - at her best"
    Where does The Bully Pulpit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3


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

    Listening to the breakup and reuniting of Taft and Roosevelt


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

    Teddy Roosevelt


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Roosevelt returned from Africa to discover Taft had let him down.


    Any additional comments?

    It's history that hasn't been told before. And no one can write history better than Doris Kearns Goodwin. Talking about a "progressive" Republican. Fighting some of the same battles being fought today.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Pflugerville, Tx, United States 12-21-13
    Jim Pflugerville, Tx, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Expected good and was better"

    Doris Kearns Goodwin once again demonstrates her ability to show how history impacts our lives today. I was fascinated to learn the nature of the Progressive legislation that was being proposed by Roosevelt and Taft and how we as a nation still struggle with balance on these issues.
    She is fair in showing both strengths and weaknesses in Roosevelt, Taft and the journalists of that day. As in Team of Rivals, the reader (listener) could see how Roosevelt grew as a leader, learning that persuasion and timing are as essential to the art of leading, as ideas.
    You can also see the essential role that the news media played in the political changes that were so necessary at that time in our history.
    For anyone interested in, or studying American history, this is a must read.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-15-13
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bully Pulpit to be better than the print version?

    No, I love both forms. The print version has beautiful photos. I love that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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    Brandy 07-15-16
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    "Excellent comprehensive look at the Roosevelt era"

    This is one of the most well written, interesting biographies/historical reviews of a time period in American history I have ever read/heard. The Roosevelt - Taft period itself saw many significant changes in our approach to government, so in and of itself the times were alive and well worth the reviewing and learning. The fact that both Roosevelt and Taft were men of larger than life personalities and intellect made the material even more engaging. For me it also contained very interesting revelations about the development of our 2 major political parties. I very highly recommend this work.

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    Rickey 07-03-16
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    "Very timely for a century old tale"

    Well read and meticulously researched. In light of the politics and journalism of today, it is very enlightening.

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