Friday, January 17, 2014

NARRATING AMERICAN HISTORY: DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN



Doris Kearns Goodwin is a historian, Pulitzer Prize winning author, journalist and frequent commentator on the news. With a Ph.D. from Harvard and experience working in government, Goodwin has not devoted herself to writing academic tomes, but to writing well-researched popular histories—page-turning books that people want to talk about. Her titles, many of which are about American presidents, are bestsellers that show up on book group lists. 

Goodwin’s newest is The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.  Jam-packed with the twists and turns of history and the story of two great personalities, The Bully Pulpit is the story of the turn-of –the-century Progressive Era in the United States and two great friends who became foes when they disagreed about presidential politics.

Her best known book is Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln. Telling the story of Lincoln and his cabinet, composed of men who were political enemies, Team of Rivals is often cited as a blueprint of how legislators can work together, even when they disagree. The book is so engaging and readable and just captures Lincoln’s personality in a totally original way. 

Other Doris Kearns Goodwin books owned by the Monrovia Library are Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.

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