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- By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
- Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.
What makes a president great?
- By tru britty on 09-25-18
Superb in Every Way
Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the the traits of leadership that catapulted Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delaney Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson to the ultimate role as President of the United States. Her enthusiasm for and deep admiration of “her guys” (as she affectionately refers to the four, given her decades long research and writing about them) is more than infectious. Getting to know any one of them, as we do so well in this book, is getting to understand the kind of grit, resilience, determination, and moral character that shapes the greatest leaders we have seen. Despite their unique leadership styles, common threads weave these men together as if from one cloth: curiosity, empathy, the ability to listen, temperament, integrity, and most of all, a deep belief that the opportunity to serve one’s country on behalf of the greater good is one’s greatest calling. Then, now, and in the future, these are the characteristics that define those who will hold keys to success for America during its darkest days.
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