Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451673795
ISBN - 13: 9781451673791
From the Publisher
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.