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Doris Kearns Goodwin

doris kearns goodwinIt was working on Lyndon B. Johnson's memoirs in the four years preceding his death, a time when the former president was in a "vulnerable state," revealing "his nightmares, and his sorrows" that gave Doris Kearns Goodwin "the drive to understand the inner person behind the public image."* Not surprisingly, Goodwin's first book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream was a New York Times bestseller and established the author as a notable historian, a reputation confirmed by her next bestseller, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga. In 1995, she won the Pulitzer Prize in History for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II. As befits the first female reporter ever to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, Goodwin is also the author of Wait Till Next Year, a baseball-centric memoir. Holder of a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Goodwin has served on the university's faculty as well as its Board of Overseers. She is a member of the Society of American Historians and appears frequently as a guest commentator on radio and television. She lives in Concord with her husband, writer Richard Goodwin.

*From the author's autobiography at www.simonsays.com.



Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 15th, 1991

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2013

The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 1st, 2001

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt:  The Home Front in World War II Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 1995

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 1998

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 25th, 2005

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly 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.< P> On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the mostsignificant presidency in the nation's history.

 


The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 9th, 2014