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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2013

Duration: 36 hours 41 minutes

Summary:

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.

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  • Christopher Zott

    Extraordinary!! The intertwined life of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft was incredible. As always Edward Herrmann's narration was superb. Learning of the individual backgrounds of the original McClures magazine production staff was so very interesting. Doris Kearns Goodwin hit the jackpot square on with this monumental classic. I would highly recommend. I'm sure I'll read parts of it over and over.

  • Dan Swain

    An outstanding book. Time well-spent! I highly recommend this book.

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