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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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    This historical novel is told so well and narrated perfectly that I did not want it to end. I just love every. Person and wish I could have known them. This novel brings them to life.

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    This book reminds me that the mood of Americans 100 years later is nothing new!

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    So little is known about this time except for questionable anecdotes. Great to read a true historians accurate portrayal

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    A highly educational and informative look at a pivotal period in the development of our nation. Artistically presented, and masterfully performed.

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    Gripping story, fantastic history, superbly narrated, and applicable to present day living and understanding. Inspiring.

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    Way too much time spent on the muck rakers.


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    History is amazing. Our school books never pointed out many of these facts. We were given a partial story of Roosevelt and Taft. This is is good book, but get the abridged version because the history gets a little too tedious for 36 hours of book.

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    I wish I could find more politics/history books as well narrated as this. Love the narrator.

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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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    "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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    "Pure Excellence"

    Ms. Kearns Goodwin brings us another riveting biography of the role two prominent Americans, along with a slew of journalists, had in the development of the country.

    Like Team of Rivals, this is a must read on the political history of this country.

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