Dimensions: 928 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 2 in
Published: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 141654786X
ISBN - 13: 9781416547860
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The Bully Pulpit CHAPTER ONE The Hunter Returns Theodore Roosevelt receives a hero’s welcome in New York on June 18, 1910, following his expedition to Africa. ROOSEVELT IS COMING HOME, HOORAY! Exultant headlines in mid-June 1910 trumpeted the daily progress of the Kaiserin, the luxury liner returning the former president, Theodore Roosevelt, to American shores after his year’s safari in Africa. Despite popularity unrivaled since Abraham Lincoln, Roosevelt, true to his word, had declined to run for a third term after completing seven and a half years in office. His tenure had stretched from William McKinley’s assassination in September 1901 to March 4, 1909, when his own elected term came to an end. Flush from his November 1904 election triumph, he had stunned the political world with his announcement that he would not run for president again, citing “the wise custom which limits the President to two terms.” Later, he reportedly told a friend that he would willingly cut off his hand at the wrist if he could take his pledge back. Roosevelt had loved being president— “the greatest office in the world.” He had relished “every hour” of every day. Indeed, fearing the “dull thud” he would experience upon returning to private life, he had devised the perfect solution to “break his fall.” Within three weeks of the inauguration of his successor, William Howard Taft, he had embarked on his great African
From the Publisher
One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York
Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA
TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and more. "A tale so
gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is
so plump with drama and intrigue" (Associated Press).
The gap between rich and poor has never been wider…legislative
stalemate paralyzes the country…corporations resist federal
regulations…spectacular mergers produce giant companies…the
influence of money in politics deepens…bombs explode in crowded
streets…small wars proliferate far from our shores…a dizzying array
of inventions speeds the pace of daily life.
These unnervingly familiar headlines serve as the backdrop for
Doris Kearns Goodwin's highly anticipated The Bully
Pulpit-a dynamic history of the first decade of the
Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming
unseamed and reform was in the air.
The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore
Roosevelt and William Howard Taft-a close relationship that
strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage
in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides
their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while
crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing
Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country's
The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking
press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push
the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber
barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our
natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the
greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine-Ida
Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen
White-teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S. S.
Goodwin's narrative is founded upon a wealth of primary materials.
The correspondence of more than four hundred letters between
Roosevelt and Taft begins in their early thirties and ends only
months before Roosevelt's death. Edith Roosevelt and Nellie Taft
kept diaries. The muckrakers wrote hundreds of letters to one
another, kept journals, and wrote their memoirs. The letters of
Captain Archie Butt, who served as a personal aide to both
Roosevelt and Taft, provide an intimate view of both men.
The Bully Pulpit, like Goodwin's brilliant chronicles of
the Civil War and World War II, exquisitely demonstrates her
distinctive ability to combine scholarly rigor with accessibility.
It is a major work of history-an examination of leadership in a
rare moment of activism and reform that brought the country closer
to its founding ideals.
About the Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 4, 1943. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Colby College in 1964 and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University in 1968. She taught at Harvard University and worked as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson during his last year in the White House. She has written numerous books including The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, and Wait Till Next Year. She has received numerous awards including Pulitzer Prize in history, the Harold Washington Literary Award, and the Ambassador Book Award for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and the Lincoln Prize and the Book Prize for American History for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
"These fascinating times deserve a chronicler as wise and thorough
as Goodwin. The Bully Pulpit is splendid reading."