Leadership in Turbulent Times

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man?

In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon adversity. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others.

This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Presidential Biographies: No Ordinary Time, Team of Rivals, The Bully Pulpit

From America’s “Historian-in-Chief” (New York magazine), The Presidential Biographies boxed set—featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s beloved and bestselling biographies No Ordinary Time, Team of Rivals, and The Bully Pulpit.

After five decades of acclaimed studies of the presidency, Doris Kearns Goodwin stands as America’s premier presidential historian. Now, for the first time, her three most esteemed books are collected in one beautiful box set.

No Ordinary Time:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, No Ordinary Time relates the story of how Franklin D. Roosevelt, surrounded by a small circle of intimates, led the nation to victory in World War II and with Eleanor’s essential help, changed the fabric of American society.

Team of Rivals:

The landmark biography of Abraham Lincoln, adapted by Steven Spielberg into the Academy Award-winning film Lincoln, and winner of the prestigious Lincoln Prize, illuminates Lincoln’s political genius as he brought disgruntled opponents together and marshaled their talents to the task of preserving the Union.

The Bully Pulpit:

The prize-winning biography of Theodore Roosevelt—a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. Told through the friendship of Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, Goodwin captures an epic moment in history.

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

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 that 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.

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in this deeply original work, 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: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is a “brilliant” multiple biography and New York Times bestseller centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.

“Endlessly absorbing…. [A] lovingly rendered and masterfully fashioned book,” says The Wall Street Journal, and “An elegant, incisive study,” comes from The New York Times.

Steven Spielberg acquired the rights to Team of Rivals and developed the feature film, Lincoln, based in part on it, with a script by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning writer Tony Kushner and starring three-time Academy Award®-winner Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln. Released domestically in November 2012, Lincoln received 12 Academy Award® nominations, and earned Daniel Day-Lewis the Academy Award® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe® for Best Actor for his portrayal of Lincoln. Kushner and Goodwin received a coveted nomination for the USC Scripter Award presented by the University of Southern California.

Team of Rivals was rereleased 16 October 2012 as the movie tie-in edition for Lincoln.

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No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for History for her compelling chronicle of President Franklin Roosevelt in No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

This masterfully written book recounts the fascinating period when modern American was created. With an uncanny feel for detail and a master storyteller’s grasp of drama and depth, Goodwin brilliantly narrates the interrelationship between the inner workings of the Roosevelt White House and the destiny of the United States.

“Engrossing…no ordinary book…An ambitiously conceived and imaginatively executed participants eye view of the United States in the war years…” said The New York Times and “endlessly gripping” noted the Boston Globe. No Ordinary Time paints a comprehensive, intimate portrait that fills in a historical gap in the story of our nation under the Roosevelts. This book also won the Harold Washington Literary Award, New England Bookseller Association Award, The Ambassador Book Award and The Washington Monthly Political Book Award.

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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream is a compelling examination of the classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War, and the tumultuous 1960s.

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream takes us through the vast landscape of Johnson’s political and personal life: from his childhood, dominated by an indulgent mother and hell-raising politico father, through this early political victories and the ideals that inspired them; from the Washington system that trained him, through his election as Vice President and the transitional year, 1964, When JFK’s assassination brought him to the highest office in the land.

“The most penetrating, fascinating political biography I have ever read…No other President has had a biographer who had such access to his private thoughts” says the New York Times,  and “Magnificent, brilliant, illuminating…A profound analysis of both the private and the public man” according to the Miami Herald.

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Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching and best-selling memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, she re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans.

Goodwin introduces us to the people who most influenced her early in life: her mother, who taught her the joy of books, but whose debilitating illness left her housebound; and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball and to root for the Dodgers: Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges. Most important, Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn in 1957, and the death of her mother soon after, marked both the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.

“This is a book in the grand tradition of girlhood memoirs, either fact or fiction, dating from Louisa May Alcott to Carson McCullers and Harper Lee.” ~ Ron Fimrite, Washington Post Book World

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The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga

Acclaimed presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga explores the fascinating, pertinent history of two immigrant families, their rise to potent political dynasties, and the marriage that brought the two together to found the most powerful family in America.

Drawing on unprecedented access to the family and its private papers, Goodwin takes readers from John Francis “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald’s baptism in 1863 through his reign as mayor of Boston, to the inauguration of his grandson, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, as President of the United States ninety-eight years later. Each character emerges unforgettable: the young, shrewdly political Rose Fitzgerald; her powerful, manipulative husband, Joseph P. Kennedy; and the “Golden Trio” of Kennedy children—Joe Jr., Kathleen, and Jack—whose promise was eclipsed by the family’s legacy of tragedy.

Called “A rich tapestry of brigands and dreamers, hustlers and stoics, cynics and idealists, and a rousing good story,” by USA Today, Goodwin’s The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys is at once the story of an era, of the immigrant experience, and—most of all—of two families, whose ambitions propelled them to unrivaled power and whose passions nearly destroyed them.

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