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
“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)
Outstanding, honest, and humourous.
Edward Herrmann can never be equaled.
A must read & must listened to book.
Not knowing much more about Taft than his enormous weight and the fact that he was president then Supreme Court justice, this was a wonderful eye opener. The history of the era and the interplay between Taft and Roosevelt is fascinating, like a novel and read by the incomparable Ed Hermann. Taft is such wonderful, sympathetic character; like everyone who actually met him, the reader (listener) can't not like him. And you wonder what his presidency would have been like had the very cool Nellie not had a stroke. What a tragedy that was. A little too much on some of the personal stuff about the muckrakers; this book would have been a tiny bit better with two and half subjects, not three. But really a gem.
Doris Goodwin does it again capturing presidential politics, journalism, a time, using incredible prose, insight, and expansive knowledge.
This is one of the best books I've ever read in my life such a great story that happens to be a true story. Being an historian I knew a little bit about this time but I knew nothing about the friendship between Roosevelt and Taft.The author did such a great job of laying out the history from beginning to end of their triumphs and downfalls, it's an excellent read..and very relevant to our current situation in America, corporate takeovers corporations having too much power.. Learning from our past is the only way to fix our present and our future and this book is very good I highly recommend it excellent excellent reading and one of the most beautiful stories I've ever heard who needs fiction when real life is so much more interesting
This was the most interesting book about US history that I've ever read.
How interesting that so much is Exactly the same.
Masterfully researched and written. Encompassed much more than biographical review if Roosevelt & Taft. Takes you back to the period, and provides much insight into the times.
Very interesting to note how similar were the issues then to present day politics. This was an absorbing and well done book. Mr. Herman was, as always, marvelous.
Real personality demonstrated in the political players of the first part of the twentieth century. An interesting counterpoint to the story of the Wright brothers. A real insight into McClure magazine and the journalism of the day.
Yes; I would focus on the two presidents and the journalists themselves and eliminate most of their relatives and other peripheral characters and the details of their lives which unnecessarily clutter the overall narrative.
Everything. He was always outstanding. R.I.P.
Yes; to plan to read actual biographies on Roosevelt and Taft.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is an outstanding historian and writer but this book is not up to her magnificent "Team of Rivals". This book was interesting and informative, but could have easily been trimmed and condensed as mentioned above.
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