The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Read by Edward Herrmann

Simon & Schuster Audio | November 5, 2013 | Audio Book (CD)

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
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.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5 × 2.7 in

Published: November 5, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442353155

ISBN - 13: 9781442353152

Found in: History
It’s been almost a decade since Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote the incredibly influential A Team of Rivals. Now she’s given us The Bully Pulpit, the story of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the chaotic, dynamic America they led one hundred years ago. Her timing could not have been better. A polarized country, pit-bull reporters, greedy Wall-streeters, and corrupt politicians. Change the names and dates and this would be a book about modern politics – every page is relevant to our challenges, issues, and frustrations today. And more than that, The Bully Pulpit is packed with larger than life personalities; from reporters, publishers, and tycoons to Roosevelt himself. In Goodwin’s hands these characters explode off the page and turn a political profile into a riveting, entertaining story, as much a thrilling read as a definitive work of history. It should absolutely be a cornerstone for your history shelf.

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bully Pulpit Dense, of course, but fascinating.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A riveting, entertaining story! It’s been almost a decade since Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote the incredibly influential A Team of Rivals. Now she’s given us The Bully Pulpit, the story of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the chaotic, dynamic America they led one hundred years ago. Her timing could not have been better. A polarized country, pit-bull reporters, greedy Wall-streeters, and corrupt politicians. Change the names and dates and this would be a book about modern politics – every page is relevant to our challenges, issues, and frustrations today. And more than that, The Bully Pulpit is packed with larger than life personalities; from reporters, publishers, and tycoons to Roosevelt himself. In Goodwin’s hands these characters explode off the page and turn a political profile into a riveting, entertaining story, as much a thrilling read as a definitive work of history. It should absolutely be a cornerstone for your history shelf.
Date published: 2013-12-02

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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Read by Edward Herrmann

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5 × 2.7 in

Published: November 5, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442353155

ISBN - 13: 9781442353152

From the Publisher

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.

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.