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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt,…

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden… (2013)

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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    Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough (rakerman)
    rakerman: The Bully Pulpit covers some biographical details of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.'s life but at a much quicker summary level than Mornings on Horseback. Mornings on Horseback starts off mostly about Theodore Roosevelt Sr., and its level of detail is sometimes excruciating. Each book provides a different perspective on the life and character of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.; they complement each other well.… (more)

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Enjoyed this immensely. The story of the friendship of Taft and Roosevelt, how Roosevelt became the first truly media-savvy President, and the heady first years of the Progressive era makes me yearn for a time when ideas mattered, when seemingly arcane subjects like tariff reform captured the publics attention. ( )
  Scott_Hercher | Nov 25, 2017 |
Another good book by DKG. Very thorough to the point of slowness, however I think this was due to my lagging interest. She writes as if this is happening now and it was as if you don't know what's going to happen. Theodore Roosevelt was a charming, very energetic man who loved people and also loved himself. Taft was very smart, and idolized TR. TR was able to talk Taft into running for president -- in a way keeping his promise to the country about not running again. A great look at a very interesting time in history. ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 20, 2017 |
Once again, DKG displays her immense talent for presidential history, bringing Roosevelt, Taft and the slightly murky late Victorian age into life. It's a long haul. Sometimes there's a sluggish progression of legal and congressional rigmarole, but it's mostly entertaining and always illuminating. ( )
  ColinCampbell | Sep 8, 2017 |
I read this absorbing, but extremely long book because Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite President, I've always admired the muckraking journalists who wrote for McClure's magazine and because my great grandfather was the foreman of the Grand Jury who brought in the indictments against the Swift & Armour trusts. i knew very little about Taft - other than the fact that he was enormously fat - but have to say that my opinion of him has risen immensely because, in the end, he may just be the hero of this tale.

Doris Kearns Goodwin writes well researched, yet accessible history and it's easy to get drawn into the story she tells. My only complaint is that, like may good researchers, she has a hard time leaving any of it in the drawer, and there were several places where the book went into way too much detail for the average reader.

Still the story of how politics almost destroyed the lifelong friendship of Roosevelt sand Taft is compelling, and ultimately sad. Taft, in the end, proves that he is the better person willing to forgive and forget while Roosevelt appears small and peevish by comparison.

The muckrakers are a more straight forward heroic story with Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, Upton Sinclair, et. al, all raising cane and taking names at the late, great, McClurde's magazine and bringing down the railroads, Standard Oil and the aforementioned meat trusts.It was an exciting time to live and this book demonstrates what can happen when an activist President and crusading journalists unite to do great things. However, like all great times, the air ultimately runs out of the balloon and the pendulum swings in another political direction.

TR and Taft were followed by Woodrow Wilson, World War I, the first "Red Scare" and the corrupt politics of the 1920's. It took a world-wide financial crisis to bring the nest reformer (ironically another Roosevelt) into office. ( )
  etxgardener | Jul 14, 2017 |
I highly recommend Peri Arnold's, Remaking the Presidency as an analysis of Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson. As Arnold demonstrates, it was less Taft's personality, as Goodwin describes, and more his lack of executive experience and understanding of how the presidency was changing in the early years of the twentieth century. Although Roosevelt and Wilson both had some different ideas on what the presidency had evolved into, they both understood that the office had changed in ways that Taft had not. ( )
  gregdehler | Jul 4, 2017 |
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After Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin wields her magic on another larger-than-life president, and another momentous and raucous American time period as she brings Theodore Roosevelt, the muckraking journalists, and the Progressive Era to life.

As she focused on the relationship between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Lincoln and his Team, Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the “muckraking” press—including legendary journalists Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, William Allen White, and editor Sam McClure—Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture between the two led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that resulted in the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson and the diminishment of Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive wing of the Republican Party.

Like Goodwin’s chronicles of the Civil War and the Great Depression, The Bully Pulpit describes a time in our history that enlightened and changed the country, ushered in the modern age, and produced some unforgettable men and women.

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A dynamic history of the muckracking press and the first decade of the Progressive era as 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 cripples the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country's history.… (more)

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