The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin audiobook

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

By Doris Kearns Goodwin
Read by Edward Herrmann

Simon & Schuster Audio


Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781442353152

  • ISBN: 9781442353152

Runtime: 36.70 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English



One of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2013

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best History/Biography Narration

A Time Magazine Best Book of 2013

A USA Today Best Book of 2013

A 2013 Economist Best Book for Politics and Current Affairs

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction

A New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2013

A 2014 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist in Fiction

Finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History

A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 in Nonfiction

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for History/Biography and Finalist for Audiobook of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and more. “A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue” (Associated Press).

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit 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.

The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft—a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country’s history.

The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine—Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White—teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S.S. McClure.

Goodwin’s narrative is founded upon a wealth of primary materials. The correspondence of more than four hundred letters between Roosevelt and Taft begins in their early thirties and ends only months before Roosevelt’s death. Edith Roosevelt and Nellie Taft kept diaries. The muckrakers wrote hundreds of letters to one another, kept journals, and wrote their memoirs. The letters of Captain Archie Butt, who served as a personal aide to both Roosevelt and Taft, provide an intimate view of both men.

The Bully Pulpit, like Goodwin’s brilliant chronicles of the Civil War and World War II, exquisitely demonstrates her distinctive ability to combine scholarly rigor with accessibility. It is a major work of history—an examination of leadership in a rare moment of activism and reform that brought the country closer to its founding ideals.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Goodwin not only sheds light on the birth of the modern political world but chronicles a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men.” Wall Street Journal
“Goodwin directs her characters with precision and affection, and the story comes together like a well-wrought novel.” New York Times
“It’s a big book that cries out for a weekend in a cabin, a book to get fully lost in, to hole up with and ignore the modern world, to experience the days when newsmen and women were our heroes.”, editorial review
“Goodwin’s account soars. She captures with masterly precision the depth of the Roosevelt-Taft relationship, the slow dissolution and the growing disillusion, the awkward attempts at rapprochement, and then the final break…It is a story worth telling, and one well told.” Boston Globe
“By shining a light on a little-discussed president and a much-discussed one, Goodwin manages to make history very much alive and relevant. Better yet—the party politics are explicitly modern.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A notable, psychologically charged study in leadership.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Few audio productions this year are likely to match, or deserve as much praise as, this history of the Progressive Era and the presidential friendship that shaped, and was destroyed by, its politics. Doris Kearns Goodwin is one of our most popular and esteemed historians, and her gifts have never been better illustrated than in her shaping of that noisy and pontificate age into a manageable narrative—one that makes even the childhood and young manhood of William Howard Taft compelling listening. Edward Herrmann is simply her most simpatico reader. As in his reading of No Ordinary Time, his steady, unflagging delivery is perfectly attuned to her narrative voice and, without mimicry, to the broad array of voices, personalities, and events that highlight this rich personal and social drama.” AudioFile




Author Bio: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Author Bio: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed works of nonfiction and winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history, the Lincoln Prize, and the Carnegie Medal. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a PhD in government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American presidency, and, at the age of twenty-four became a White House Fellow, working directly with President Lyndon Johnson. She 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. She has been awarded many honors and accolades, including book prizes and honorary degrees.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 36.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English