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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

Critic Reviews

“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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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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Amazing History and Storytelling

Goodwin is such an amazing writer! From start to finish you will be entertained. I was taken aback by the amount of detail the story contained. Goodwin researched for years and it shows.

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superb!

best overall since Devil in the White City which hooked me onto to audible in the first place.

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A MUST LISTEN TO

LOVED IT!!! I felt as if I was living during the 1880s thru 1930s. It was so exciting really learning about how politics and journalism shape our country. As we approach this election, 104 years later, I have a much different perspective of the candidates and the PARTIES.

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Needs more policy

would be a good second or third book on Teddy Roosevelt & Taft. Not enough policy for a first read.

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Fantastic Book, Very Good Narration

Once again, Goodwin has written a masterpiece. The topic itself is engaging, and Goodwin digs into the historical material with care and enthusiasm. She also weaves the facts into a compelling and thoroughly enjoyable narrative. There are few serious scholars with Goodwin's skill at storytelling. Moreover, the narration was very well done. Clean and crisp, consistent without being boring. Highly recommend both this book and this audiobook.

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Great era to read about

Very long read but informative. Great insight into the relationship between reporters, politicians, and the Trusts of the time. Most of those trusts exist today.

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Educational read

A lot of reading/listening for some good insight into history. The reader is great. The story is educational, but I would prefer to hear the highlights on this one if I had to do it over again.