PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR – DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN ON THE BULLY PULPIT
From the country’s leading presidential historian, The Bully Pulpit is a masterful and deeply insightful study of presidents – freshly told through the decades-long and complicated friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Like with Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin meticulously and with great perception and compassion captures an epic moment in history, when in 1912, Roosevelt and Taft engage in a brutal fight for the presidency – a fight tat destroys both their political futures, while seriously weakening the progressive wing of the Republican Party, and dividing their wives, their children, and their closest friends.
Goodwin is a former Johnson administration aide and the author of biographies of several U.S. Presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995); and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
She also has witnessed history herself, most recently . . .
We talk about her book, the Johnson administration, the role of the press today and yes, Red Sox Nation.