- Hardcover: 1277 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (20 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1410463222
- ISBN-13: 978-1410463227
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (Wheeler Publishing Large Print Hardcover) Hardcover – 20 Nov 2013
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"The interplay between personality and politics, temperament and leadership is one of the key themes animating Doris Kearns Goodwin's telling books...The same is true of her sprawling new book, "The Bully Pulpit," which gives us revealing portraits of Theodore Roosevelt and his close friend, handpicked successor and eventual bitter rival, William Howard Taft...She also uses her impressive narrative skills to give us a visceral sense of the world in which Roosevelt and Taft came of age...She creates emotionally detailed portraits of the two men's families, provides an informed understanding of the political forces (conservative, moderate and insurgent) arrayed across the country at the time, and enlivens even highly familiar scenes like Teddy Roosevelt's daring charge up San Juan Hill."--Michiko Kakutani "The New York Times "
The interplay between personality and politics, temperament and leadership is one of the key themes animating Doris Kearns Goodwin s telling books The same is true of her sprawling new book, The Bully Pulpit, which gives us revealing portraits of Theodore Roosevelt and his close friend, handpicked successor and eventual bitter rival, William Howard Taft She also uses her impressive narrative skills to give us a visceral sense of the world in which Roosevelt and Taft came of age...She creates emotionally detailed portraits of the two men s families, provides an informed understanding of the political forces (conservative, moderate and insurgent) arrayed across the country at the time, and enlivens even highly familiar scenes like Teddy Roosevelt s daring charge up San Juan Hill. --Michiko Kakutani "The New York Times "" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, Richard N. Goodwin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
"The Bully Pulpit" clocks in at a hefty 928 pages in the hardcover edition and is lavishly illustrated. Each chapter starts with a contemporary photograph or cartoon beneath the chapter-title, and there's a separate photograph-section that has 68 photographs. Although a massive tome, it should be noted that "only" about 56% of the book consists of the main narrative. The rest of the volume is taken up by the extensive endnotes and index.
Rather than write another biography about a famous American President, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin has chosen for a different approach. In "The Bully Pulpit", she recounts the birth of America's Progressive Era through the close friendship between two Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt and his successor William Howard Taft. But rather than focusing exclusively on these two, she enlivens her account by twisting through the narrative the story of the "muckrakers" (another term coined by TR): the group of investigative journalists from magazine McClure's.Read more ›
Actually, although she set out to write only one book, about the rise and fall of the Progressive Party, she ended up writing several: her discussion of that period but an analysis of what is frequently referred to as the "Golden Age of Journalism" and of the two figures that dominated that period, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.
Goodwin does indeed have an ambitious undertaking. Besides the two principals, her cast includes their adored wives -- Edith Roosevelt (literary and reclusive, a brake on her impetuous husband) and Nellie Taft (politically aware and astute, a goad to her chronically circumspect husband); they are treated not just as first ladies but as essential partners in and insightful commentators on the careers of their mates.Read more ›
Doris Kearns Goodwin who won Pulitzer Prize for "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt" is renowned biographer and historian, while most attention attracted her biographies of several US Presidents.
This time she's telling the story about great friendship of William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt that was in grand style terminated in 1912 and resulted in ferocious battle for the Republican Presidential nomination.
As is well known, Taft had been nominated for Republican candidate, but Democrat Woodrow Wilson took the victory overwhelmingly defeating Republican candidate.
Wilson's election had a huge impact on world history due to American entry into World War I, but also major impact on US due to the adoption of a number of laws that in many ways changed the American society and economy.
Therefore it can only be guessed which direction would national and world politics, as well as the history go, if the conflict of these two close friends didn't happen.
One of the important aspects of the book which the author gives a lot of space is press of those days and the origins of term "muckraking".
She's giving extensive explanation of situation that caused this type of journalism to appear, that since then, in some variations, accompanies not only the US but world politics as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I throughly enjoyed Team of Rivals and I'm equally enjoying The Bully Pulpit. Roosevelt and Taft are clearly great figures from history, committed to public service who made... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Derek Smith
The Bully Pulpit is another great book by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Doris Kearns Goodwin has written some exceptional books in the past (No Ordinary Time, Franklin and Eleanor... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2014 by Christopher J. Cowen