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Leadership: In Turbulent Times (original 2018; edition 2019)

by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Author)

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Business. History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:From Pulitzer Prize–winning author and esteemed presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, an invaluable guide to the development and exercise of leadership from Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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The inspiration for the multipart HISTORY Channel series Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
"After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians" (USA TODAY). In her "inspiring" (The Christian Science Monitor) Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.

Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times. 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. Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

"If ever our nation needed a short course on presidential leadership, it is now" (The Seattle Times). 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. "Goodwin's volume deserves much praise—it is insightful, readable, compelling: Her book arrives just in time" (The Boston Globe).… (more)
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Title:Leadership: In Turbulent Times
Authors:Doris Kearns Goodwin (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2019), 496 pages
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“No single path carried them to the pinnacle of political leadership.”

This was an interesting and highly readable book. Goodwin gives abbreviated, anecdotal biographies of four prominent presidents; Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. She looks at pivotal moments in each man’s life, their early development, their personal challenges, failures, setbacks and their overriding ambitions. The audiobook features a different reader for each president and it was easy to follow. I preferred the kindle text edition which allowed me to pay closer attention to details. Goodwin never fails to capture each unique personality, but she does highlight some similarities in the leadership styles of these men.

“They were united, however, by a fierce ambition, an inordinate drive to succeed.” ( )
  msjudy | Dec 18, 2022 |
Goodwin's approach to the age old question-how leaders are made?- is quite creative given that out of a plethora of American Presidencies she elects four of the most dynamic incumbencies. Her focus is on Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. The last three are interconnected by family (the Roosevelts) and proximity (D. Roosevelt and Johnson) with Lincoln the odd one out. I believe that her selection criteria was based on the times rather than these leaders' response to those times. Lincoln confronted disunion and war; Roosevelt Jr. commercial monopoly; D. Roosevelt Economic Depression and WWII while Johnson tackled the tendentious issue of Civil Rights.

Goodwin narrates the various crisis's these Presidents confronted and their ultimate response to them. This response decided their depth of character and profundity of intelligence. Their claim to leadership was evinced in how they tackled the conflict staring them in the face. Lincoln adopted the iron fist in velvet glove stratagem; Theodore pushed through with his strategy of being the center of affairs; Franklin assiduously disassociated his administration from the past and embarked on breaking new ground while Johnson silently operated from the shadows and triumphed with his Quid pro Quo and Show not Tell policy. The hallmark of all four Presidencies was that their holders succeeded in what they set out to do. Lincoln preserved the Union; Roosevelt Jr. upended corruption; Franklin Roosevelt restored fiscal stability and outproduced the Axis while Johnson pushed through the Civil Rights Bill.

This book, in contrast to 'A Team of Rivals', is free of jargon and retains an unique flow which prevents it from becoming a tedious bore. The prose is handsome, to say the least, with the downside being the almost anti-climatic conclusion of the book. The most pertinent question though is that does Doris effectively answer what makes a leader? And here is a glaring failure, not clearly enough. Otherwise, this is an excellent book regards historic reference. ( )
  Amarj33t_5ingh | Jul 8, 2022 |
This is a book that made me slow down and savor what I was reading, which is a change of pace from the fluff that I've read most of this year. Leadership in Turbulent times is a historical fiction/leadership book that recounts how four different presidents handled adversity and hardship. Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson became presidents at trying times. The Great Depression, The Civil War, Civil Rights, and the industrial revolution. Doris Kearns Goodwin does a remarkable job relating the character and leadership styles of each president from childhood through early politics and all the way through the White House. None of these men were saints and most suffered many setbacks and failures, but learning how they overcame those as well as their successes is what makes this book great. Utterly fascinating and compelling. Leadership has many styles and reading the profiles on these four leaders is a feast for the heart and mind. ( )
  ecataldi | Oct 8, 2021 |
If you are thinking about running for President of these (non)United States you should read this book. If you are President of this country you should also read this book. If you are a leader, or want to become a respected leader, you should read this book. And, if you are absolutely engrossed in the lives of any one of these 4 men, you should also read this book.

It provides a summary of their lives and the moments that forged/gave insight into their characters, and then it provides a close look at a turbulent time that happened during their presidency with their wise, calculated actions listed in detail.

And then there's a quick look at their lives before their death.

Having said that, I must confess: I wasn't ever sold on Lyndon Johnson. I admire his work on the Civil Rights movement. But I think there might be better examples of good leadership (hence the 4-star review). ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Doris Kearns Goodwin is an exceptional Presidential historian, and in her book, "Leadership" she discusses several common characteristics shared by four significant Presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. She doesn't attempt to provide a full biography of each man, nor include a complete chronological description of each Presidency. But what she does do is describe many of the key accomplishments of each President, and consider for each their early ambitions and leadership abilities, how the grew even through adversity, and how they lead the Nation during crises.

An interesting facet of the book is her description of what questions, concerns and considerations were necessary before each President was able to accomplish their major goals. For example, we know that Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but don't think about what went on behind the scenes before the enactment. He and his advisers needed to consider if he freed the slaves during Civil War hostilities, what would the affect be on border states. What would the affect be on Union soldiers, all willing to fight to preserve the Union, but some not necessarily inclined to fight for freeing the slaves? What would be the affect on European allies who needed southern cotton for their mills? Would that drive them to support and recognize the independence of the South? And what would be the political price Lincoln's Party would pay going into the next election cycle? There was a lot more going on than we typically think about.

Similar questions needed to be addressed by LBJ and his administration prior to promoting the Kennedy Tax Cut, the Voting Rights Act, and the Civil Rights Legislation. Which key Senators did Johnson need to coax, cajole, and pressure to get support for his proposal, and how would he get their support? How did he strategize to determine which piece of legislation needed to be presented to Congress first? Which Congressman or Senator was key in helping the legislation get passed, and how did Johnson manage the process? Johnson recognized that the Democratic Party was likely to lose the South for several generations by pushing some of those policies, but felt it was the right thing to do for the Country.

Also, Kearns addressed how FDR managed the Banking Holiday, and how he got so much of his New Deal Legislation passed so quickly in his first term. Also, she looks at how he got and maintained the support of the American voters and both Parties in Congress. Not an easy thing to do, especially thinking of recent Presidential initiatives. Similarly, she looks at how Teddy Roosevelt was able to take on the Trusts, and be successful in his Presidency.

The points she make are very interesting in each case, and especially interesting in seeing the common threads of each of these great leaders in Presidential history. Each man overcame crises, and had doubts as to their ability to accomplish their goals in order to help the Country. But their vision, dedication, and most importantly, their great empathy for the common man made each a great leader, and allowed them to accomplish great things in office. That empathy is a characteristic too often lacking in many leaders today.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
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For my husband, Richard Goodwin, and our best man and closest friend, Michael Rothschild
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(Foreword) Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson - the lives and times of these four men have occupied me for half a century.
Lincoln was only twenty-three years old on March 9, 1832, when he declared his intention to run for a seat in the Illinois state legislature.
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Business. History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:From Pulitzer Prize–winning author and esteemed presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, an invaluable guide to the development and exercise of leadership from Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The inspiration for the multipart HISTORY Channel series Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
"After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians" (USA TODAY). In her "inspiring" (The Christian Science Monitor) Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.

Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times. 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. Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

"If ever our nation needed a short course on presidential leadership, it is now" (The Seattle Times). 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. "Goodwin's volume deserves much praise—it is insightful, readable, compelling: Her book arrives just in time" (The Boston Globe).

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