about doris

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author.

Her next book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, will be published September 18, 2018 by Simon & Schuster. It is her seventh book and the culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history. Leadership in Turbulent Times provides an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership—an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field.

Ms. Goodwin’s critically acclaimed and The New York Times bestselling books include most recently The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (November, 2013). It 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. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners has acquired the film and television rights to the book.

Mr. Spielberg and Ms. Goodwin previously worked together on Lincoln, based in part on Ms. Goodwin’s award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, an epic tome that illuminates Lincoln’s political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. Team of Rivals was the winner of the Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History.

With a script by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning writer Tony Kushner, the film Lincoln grossed $275 million at the box office and earned 12 Academy Award® nominations. For his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis won the Academy Award® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor.

Ms. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. No Ordinary Time was also awarded the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award and The Washington Monthly Book Award. Ms. Goodwin is the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries that aired on ABC. In 2015, to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of many of President Johnson’s domestic accomplishments, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream was released in e-book format for the first time.

Ms. Goodwin is well known for her appearances and commentary on television, where she is seen frequently on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, and Meet the Press. Other appearances include The Late Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many more. Ms. Goodwin has served as a consultant and has been interviewed extensively for documentaries on President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns’ highly acclaimed PBS series The History of Baseball and most recently Mr. Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Ms. Goodwin graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College, and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency, and, at the age of just 24, became a White House Fellow, working directly with President Lyndon Johnson. Ms. Goodwin served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.

Among her many honors and awards, Ms. Goodwin is the winner of an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence from the American Library Association, the Charles Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and the Ohioana Book Award, among others.

Ms. Goodwin travels extensively to speak publicly on leadership. Ms. Goodwin and her husband Richard N. Goodwin, the writer, presidential advisor, speechwriter and playwright, reside in Concord, Massachusetts. Ms. Goodwin was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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