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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism | [Doris Kearns Goodwin]

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

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.
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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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    Cherise McDonough 03-01-15
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    "A wonderfully fascinating and engaging story!"

    It is hard to get a full appreciation of just how significant were the early years of the 20th century in American politics. But "The Bully Pulpit" sure goes a long way in that regard. The modern politics of personality truly saw their birth in the 1912 race between Roosevelt and Taft, and it coincided with a revolution in journalism that saw the creation of the investigative reporter. That Roosevelt has become a legend in modern American history is undisputed; but Doris Goodwin shows Roosevelt with all of his faults, excesses, and near megalomania for the presidency. Goodwin also portrays a far more nuanced and sympathetic fewest have to then we traditionally see in history books, underlining the president's personal struggles and his fundamentally different temperament from Roosevelt. The story of the two men's fortunes, and the development of the first American muckrakers, make for a wholly fascinating story from start to finish. And the narration from Ed Herrmann is spot on, conveying nuances that perhaps are not possible in the simple written words. Wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook!

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    John Fort Myers, FL, United States 02-28-15
    John Fort Myers, FL, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2008

    Love detailed history written in as unbiased a manner as is possible. My passion has always been American History but I also enjoy world history.

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    Would you listen to The Bully Pulpit again? Why?

    Yes, good blend of story about William Howard Taft whom I knew nothing before along with a solid description of Teddy Roosevelt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unknown story of the friendship and cooperation between Taft and Roosevelt.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He just made it an easy listen. Very professionally done.


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

    Yes, it was not boring in any phase.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be made into a movie and would fare better than Lincoln.

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    Ann E. Pettorini 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Educational"

    DKK tells the story so well, it was a wonderful way to experience the era and to get to know these fascinating people who shaped our country.

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    "So worth it!"

    I feel such a sense of accomplishment having finished this. Superb all the way around and I learned SO much about an incredible period in American history and two amazing figures who shaped it. I never could have managed to read something this long which is why I got the ebook. Totally recommended!

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    Thurston Cromwell 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding Political Biography"
    If you could sum up The Bully Pulpit in three words, what would they be?

    Progressivism, Journalism, Relationships


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William Howard Taft. This little-known president had an amazing intellect and moral character.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gives great voice to historical figures


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

    The story of Archie Butt and his role between two presidents.


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    Joseph 12-28-14
    Joseph 12-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An amazing"

    The narrative and context is amazing. Prior to reading this book I was quite familiar with Theodore Roosevelt but only passingly aware of Taft. William Taft has now become one of my favorite presidents.

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    Greg Genrich 12-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "outstanding"

    Everyone knows something of Roosevelt, for good reason, but this book shows the unheralded Taft as his colleague, foil, and perhaps, in some ways, equal.

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    fasteddieb 12-08-14
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    "The Bully Pulpit is BULLY!"
    If you could sum up The Bully Pulpit in three words, what would they be?

    Best ever written!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most definitely increased my interest in all the people surrounding TR.


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

    She tells you the story, and an outstanding story teller she is!


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

    Absolutely nothing!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a lover of American history at any level- READ/LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!!

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    tyler 10-25-14
    tyler 10-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Epic Bromance."
    What did you like best about The Bully Pulpit? What did you like least?

    Holy crap this book goes on and on forever about how nice-nice they both are growing up. I kept asking myself, why doesn't dashing Prince Theodore just get down on one knee and propose to Princess Taft so that this book can end?

    I appreciate an investigation into the often neglected human side of historical figures. But these two are, or are at least portrayed as, such dainty little bits of perfection incarnate. It made for a very boring read, the half I got through.


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    Maryalice 09-02-14
    Maryalice 09-02-14
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    "Fascinating study of mastering the impossible"
    Where does The Bully Pulpit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top
    Brilliant writing
    Outstanding characters
    An unforgiving window on US History


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a silly question for a body of work crafted by a exemplary historian


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    who? If the narrator, he was superb in that he did not supplant the subjects at hand.


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

    No, not even in one week or one month


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