The Bully Pulpit

[Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism]

Goodwin, Doris Kearns

Audiobook CD - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Bully Pulpit
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Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the 'muckraking' press 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.

Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 1442353155
9781442353152
Branch Call Number: CD- 973.911 G6564b
Characteristics: 30 audio discs (37 hr.) :,digital, CD audio ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Herrmann, Edward 1943-

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'A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue' (Associated Press). At 30 discs, this will keep you driving and listening for a while.


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Jun 29, 2014
  • jaustion51 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The book was long, but the details were never boring and the book did not drag.

Mar 23, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I must respectfully disagree with the commenter, vinberg, below. Goodwin is a great commentator on American Political Theater, but theater is what it is, unimportant to the real behind-the-scenes machinations of the financial nature which drives the agenda. Just as those who chose to ignore the 1913 legislation which established the Federal Reserve System, the 16th Amendment to collect taxes for it, the oil depletion allowance, and the financial structuring of foundations to allow the super-rich to hide their ownership and wealth through them, quite important to what has actually taken place, NOT the political theater those misdirectors like Goodwin and Chalmers Johnson write of.

Mar 22, 2014

This book was fantastic. It shows why we have the problems we have today. History is so important, enabling us to see the patterns of business and corporations over a century. Too bad, the same problems are still with us even as you read this note.

Jan 16, 2014
  • saxhorn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

As usual, Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote a very detailed, long, and interesting narrative of several interesting figures from American history during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I learned about "Muckraking" journalism in McClure's Magazine, a leading proponent of the progressive movement. I also learned about Roosevelt's progressive platform in the Bull Moose party, and especially, I learned many admirable traits and accomplishments of President William Howard Taft.

If you listen to an audiobook of this title, you may want to consider an abridged version. Goodwin is exhaustive, and sometimes exhausting.

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