Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Bully Pulpit

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism / Doris Kearns Goodwin, 910 pp.

A deep, satisfying overview of a period of US history I knew little about, focusing most closely on the period between McKinley's assassination in 1901 which put then-VP Roosevelt in the White House, to the presidential election of 1912, which saw the defeat of both Republican President Taft and Bull Moose (Progressive) Party candidate Roosevelt to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.

Most striking is DKG's way of putting together biographical detail to create vivid, three-dimensional humans, flawed but deeply sympathetic.  Having grown up in the Cincinnati area, I was happy to learn that Taft, one of that city's most famous sons and its only president, was a heckuva nice guy.

The 37-hour audiobook was read by Edward Herrmann, whose voice was perfectly suited to the material.

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