The Bully Pulpit

Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

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Publisher Description

Pulitzer Prize–winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s dynamic history of Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft and the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal.

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit is 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 history.

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. McClure.

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.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2013
November 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
928
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
59.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Doris Boshaw ,

Bully pulpit

Great!! 3star

MaxxManic ,

Why rate the book poorly for an iBooks issue?

Why do people feel the need to rate the book poorly because they had issues downloading it. Last time I checked DGoodwin is an author not an Apple technician. Rate the book and not the store, complain to Apple about that. The book was excellent.

Polkinghorn ,

The Bully Pulpit

Another long, disappointing book from Goodwin. Like Team of Rivels, this book combines subjects enough for three books - TR, Taft and the Muckraker Press - because Goodwin possesses only the ability to describe but not the power to explain. She needs length because she cannot offer depth. It is written as though she just lined up all her 3x5 research notecards and dictated her way to the end.

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