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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint.”—USA TODAY “A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves.”—The Washington Post “We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her s NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint.”—USA TODAY “A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves.”—The Washington Post “We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her subjects’ examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place.”—The New York Times Book Review In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In Leadership, 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. No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. 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. 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.


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint.”—USA TODAY “A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves.”—The Washington Post “We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her s NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint.”—USA TODAY “A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves.”—The Washington Post “We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her subjects’ examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place.”—The New York Times Book Review In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In Leadership, 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. No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. 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. 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.

30 review for Leadership: In Turbulent Times

  1. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    This book has mini biographies of four presidents selected by the author as exemplars of leadership abilities: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. There is a chapter for each, under each of three themes: ambition and early recognition of leadership ability; adversity and growth; and how they led during crises in their presidencies. There is also an epilogue that describes the ends of their lives. Aside from Lincoln, I hadn't really thought about that, and This book has mini biographies of four presidents selected by the author as exemplars of leadership abilities: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. There is a chapter for each, under each of three themes: ambition and early recognition of leadership ability; adversity and growth; and how they led during crises in their presidencies. There is also an epilogue that describes the ends of their lives. Aside from Lincoln, I hadn't really thought about that, and it was interesting to learn that each man died relatively young, Lincoln in his 50s and the others in their 60s. Of course I learned a lot more than that from this book, and one of the best things about it was that it made me want to learn even more about each of these men. I liked reading about the early experiences that shaped these men, but the most interesting chapters to me were the ones describing how each president faced a particular crisis during his presidency. Lincoln struggled with when to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Theodore Roosevelt faced a coal strike threatening the country. In 100 days during the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt had to lead the country through bank failures and create the New Deal programs. Johnson had a brief window after Kennedy was assassinated in which he could convince Congress to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Since the author was also Johnson's biographer, this chapter of the book felt fuller and more immediate. It included other Johnson accomplishments like the voting rights act, Medicare, tax cuts, federal aid to education, Head Start, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the expansion of immigration to admit people other than Europeans. She also described his great failure, the Vietnam War, during which he made terrible decisions and lied to the public. It was nice to read about presidents who actually believed that the government could and should help people and that leaders could and should bring people together.

  2. 4 out of 5

    TL

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. --- Short review since head is still on the mend (better than yesterday at least) The author is the history teacher I would have loved to have in high-school(aside from one in my school, the others weren't good at keeping me interested). She brings history alive and is good at keeping the reader engaged in the subjects she writes about. This one wasn't as good at Team of Rivals but was still an int I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. --- Short review since head is still on the mend (better than yesterday at least) The author is the history teacher I would have loved to have in high-school(aside from one in my school, the others weren't good at keeping me interested). She brings history alive and is good at keeping the reader engaged in the subjects she writes about. This one wasn't as good at Team of Rivals but was still an interesting read. It didn't feel as put together as it could have been though. If time travel were possible one day, I would love to go back and meet most of these men and just talk to them, observe them.. that would be amazing. More than once I found myself thinking "Were these men fated/born into their times because their souls would be needed and they were the only ones who could to what they did? Or did the times make them into the person the country needed? Or both?" Did that make sense? Haha, the author puts forth the same question better than me but it does make you wonder hmm? Looking at the title, I'm probably not the only guessing or wondering at the reason(s) she wrote it but one can only guess *shrugs* This one would be good as an introduction to new readers of her work. I only have one other of her books to judge by so far, so I can't say if longtime readers would enjoy this one or not.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I also learned a few things about presidents, I have read many of their biographies. I am a big fan of Goodwin. She states she started working on this book in 2013 and it took her five years to research and write. I felt that the release of the book at this current time in our presidential affairs was quite pertinent. Goodwin wrote biographies over the years of each of the presidents. She chose for this book: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I also learned a few things about presidents, I have read many of their biographies. I am a big fan of Goodwin. She states she started working on this book in 2013 and it took her five years to research and write. I felt that the release of the book at this current time in our presidential affairs was quite pertinent. Goodwin wrote biographies over the years of each of the presidents. She chose for this book: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lindon Baines Johnson. The book is divided into three thematic areas: ambition and recognition of leadership; adversity and growth; and how they led. In the final section Goodwin examines different types of leadership: transformational, crisis management, turnaround and visionary. The book is well written and researched. I found it interesting that each president struggled with his own variety of emotional problems. Goodwin reveals how each president had different leadership abilities. I found the three case studies in part three most interesting. Goodwin has presented two republican presidents and two democrat presidents. The book is unbiased. The book is well organized and easy to read. Goodwin is a master storyteller; that skill brings history to life. I highly recommend this book. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is just over eighteen hours. The narration was excellent. Goodwin narrated the introduction and epilog. Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders and Richard Thomas each narrated a president. It was great having different narrators as it allowed distinction between each president.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

    Leadership: In Turbulent Times is a powerful look at the qualities of leadership exhibited, each in their own way, and as determined by history and the unique crises and challenges faced by four transformational presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Beloved historian Doris Kearns Goodwin separates her book into three sections: Ambition and the Recognition of Leadership; Adversity and Growth; and The Leader and the Times: How They Led. Kearns Go Leadership: In Turbulent Times is a powerful look at the qualities of leadership exhibited, each in their own way, and as determined by history and the unique crises and challenges faced by four transformational presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Beloved historian Doris Kearns Goodwin separates her book into three sections: Ambition and the Recognition of Leadership; Adversity and Growth; and The Leader and the Times: How They Led. Kearns Goodwin explores the transformational leadership of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation; the crisis leadership of Theodore Roosevelt in the wake of the industrial revolution dealing with economic and social issues at the beginning of the twentieth century; the turnaround leadership of Franklin Roosevelt as he assumed office in the wake of the depression and collapse of the economy focusing on the corrective measures that were implemented in the first hundred days; and the visionary leadership of Lyndon Johnson as he came to the presidency following the assassination of John Kennedy and vowing to establish sweeping civil rights legislation as part of his Great Society. In these turbulent and unsettling times, it is comforting to know that this country has not only survived adversity in the past, but has found ways to improve this nation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Katz

    3.75 (yes, I know it’s silly, but it feels right). Goodwin is to my mind a national treasure. Her earlier books hold pride of place on my shelves. This new book, however, simply didn’t move me as much. I’m not sure when she decided to write it — I understand that years of research typically go into her books — but one can’t read Leadership without being reminded again and again of the many shortcomings of our current political leaders. Indeed, it might be that the deeply worrisome nature of our 3.75 (yes, I know it’s silly, but it feels right). Goodwin is to my mind a national treasure. Her earlier books hold pride of place on my shelves. This new book, however, simply didn’t move me as much. I’m not sure when she decided to write it — I understand that years of research typically go into her books — but one can’t read Leadership without being reminded again and again of the many shortcomings of our current political leaders. Indeed, it might be that the deeply worrisome nature of our times led her to engage in a different kind of project than she otherwise would have undertaken. In this book she looks at the four presidents with whom she is more familiar — Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and LBJ — in an effort to distill what leadership qualities enabled them to accomplish as much as they did in such difficult circumstances. I found her conclusions somewhat less than convincing, perhaps because the exercise by its very nature allows the researcher to choose whatever traits and circumstances he/she likes to highlight, excluding everything else. I found myself being reminded of the many ‘secrets of successful leaders’ books I edited when I was in publishing. That said, there is much of interest in Leadership. It’s worth reading because her subjects are worthy of study, most of the points she makes seem valid (if not replicable), and because just about anything such an astute and gifted a researcher as Goodwin writes deserves serious attention. I’ll be interested to learn what others think of the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Donna Wetzel

    Thank you Goodreads and Doris Kearns Goodwin for my free copy of Leadership: In Turbulent Times. This is an excellent book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Ms. Goodwin has the ability to take complicated subject matter and transform it into easy to read and understand text. She is a storyteller like Abe Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson, who are two of the past presidents discussed in this book. She gives many examples to support her viewpoints as to why these men had such great leadership qualities Thank you Goodreads and Doris Kearns Goodwin for my free copy of Leadership: In Turbulent Times. This is an excellent book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Ms. Goodwin has the ability to take complicated subject matter and transform it into easy to read and understand text. She is a storyteller like Abe Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson, who are two of the past presidents discussed in this book. She gives many examples to support her viewpoints as to why these men had such great leadership qualities. On a personal note, not one of the qualities that were mentioned in the book, appear to be qualities President Trump possesses, but that is my personal opinion. Our current President is not mentioned in the book, yet the sharp contrasts to the current administration cannot be ignored.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenna (Bookiemoji)

    Brilliant. I learned something about each president in their respective chapters. But became a bit muddled and long-winded when the author spoke by topic in the later half of the book and jumped between each president, sometimes mid-thought. Regardless, this is a very important book that I see doing well upon release. It’s a sad read, too, as it inadvertently highlights those things that are lacking in our current “leadership”.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Craig

    What makes a great leader? Are they born or bred? These are some of the questions Goodwin asks the reader. I really liked how Goodwin organized the material in her study of four great presidents: Lincoln, TR, FDR, and LBJ. She unpacks important traits of their childhood, how they recovered from their lowest points, and how they succeeded at their biggest moments as presidents. Other scholars remind us that presidential greatness is hard to find, and after reading this, this fact still holds true, What makes a great leader? Are they born or bred? These are some of the questions Goodwin asks the reader. I really liked how Goodwin organized the material in her study of four great presidents: Lincoln, TR, FDR, and LBJ. She unpacks important traits of their childhood, how they recovered from their lowest points, and how they succeeded at their biggest moments as presidents. Other scholars remind us that presidential greatness is hard to find, and after reading this, this fact still holds true, but Goodwin's easy writing style and important messages can inspire any one of us to be better at what we do. These four presidents all thought about something bigger for the country, held a strong vision of where they wanted to take the country, and asked the people to help. It seems many top-level politicians don't think in these terms, or if they do, they don't have humility or empathy. One critique is that Goodwin didn't examined the failed moments these presidents had in office with one exception: LBJ and Vietnam. I think we can learn about leadership from the failures as well as the successes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Sciuto

    What a wonderful, wonderful book by the brilliant Doris Kearns Goodwin. Over the last couple of decades and especially now, I have asked myself, "Where have you gone George Washington, Abe Lincoln, T.R., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Harry Truman and in a sense "Leadership in Turbulent Times" by Mrs. Goodwin has answered that question. They having gone anywhere, but apparently the leadership in our country has refused to study and emulate these men; whereas the four Presidents in this book, Lin What a wonderful, wonderful book by the brilliant Doris Kearns Goodwin. Over the last couple of decades and especially now, I have asked myself, "Where have you gone George Washington, Abe Lincoln, T.R., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Harry Truman and in a sense "Leadership in Turbulent Times" by Mrs. Goodwin has answered that question. They having gone anywhere, but apparently the leadership in our country has refused to study and emulate these men; whereas the four Presidents in this book, Lincoln, T.R., Franklin Roosevelt and Johnson, understood the importance of history and the history of our country and what the Founders envisioned and most importantly what America stands for. All four Presidents had many things in common, but a few things that really stand out is that all of them put country above themselves and formed an intimacy with all the American people, despite class, race, or religion. When Franklin Roosevelt died a reporter noted, "One man has died and 130 million people feel alone." Before reading this book I had read a lot about Presidents Lincoln and T.R, some about President Franklin Roosevelt but virtually nothing about President Johnson. The Viet Nam War has so defined his Presidency that it is only after reading this book that I have come away with an appreciation for his legislative accomplishments, which until this day, have not been equaled by any U. S. Administration ... From Civil Rights and Health Care ... To Voting Rights and Equal Housing. The "Great Society" literally transformed the American Landscape. Despite whatever previous knowledge I had about the other 3 Presidents, I nevertheless learned a lot more about each, and especially how they approached the most pressing issues and tragedies of all time. "Whatever can be done today, cannot wait until tomorrow." I highly recommend this book. Thank you Mrs. Goodwin.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dan Graser

    With characteristic erudition and thoroughness, Doris Kearns Goodwin achieves an answer to the main questions she was asking with this book: “Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?” She centers this extensive answer around four different types of leaders who happen to share the distinction of having been elected President: the transformational leadership of Lincoln, With characteristic erudition and thoroughness, Doris Kearns Goodwin achieves an answer to the main questions she was asking with this book: “Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?” She centers this extensive answer around four different types of leaders who happen to share the distinction of having been elected President: the transformational leadership of Lincoln, the crisis leadership of Teddy Roosevelt, the turnaround leadership of FDR, and the visionary leadership of Lyndon Johnson. This is no hagiography and is quite explicit on where it is that these figures fell short of the mark as pertains to effectively or wisely leading, however, the main focus is their unique attributes that were borne out in successful governing when they were tested to the extreme by various fractious elements of their respective political and sociocultural landscapes. Each is profiled through three major time periods common to them all: 1) Ambition and the recognition of leadership. 2) Adversity and growth. 3) The leader and the times: How they led. Godwin’s extensive expertise with these figures needs no explanation given the success of her previous works nor does the weight of historical rigor and perspicacity of observation she brings to bear. This is just great reading with a very important focus, on which Goodwin is relentless in her detail.

  11. 5 out of 5

    George P.

    The best way to study leadership is to study leaders. How they exercised influence in their contexts provides examples of how we can do so in ours. For this reason, it is paramount for leaders to be well-versed in biography and history, the knowledge of people and their times. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership in Turbulent Times provides case studies of the leadership of four U.S. presidents at critical junctures in their administrations: 1. Abraham Lincoln exemplifies transformational leadership The best way to study leadership is to study leaders. How they exercised influence in their contexts provides examples of how we can do so in ours. For this reason, it is paramount for leaders to be well-versed in biography and history, the knowledge of people and their times. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership in Turbulent Times provides case studies of the leadership of four U.S. presidents at critical junctures in their administrations: 1. Abraham Lincoln exemplifies transformational leadership as he expanded the North’s war aims from union to emancipation through the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. 2. Theodore Roosevelt provides a model of crisis management by how he brought labor and management to the table during the Great Coal Strike of 1902. 3. Exuding optimism and executing a plan to respond to the Great Depression in his first 100 days, Franklin Delano Roosevelt offers a master class in turnaround leadership. 4. And Lyndon Johnson demonstrates visionary leadership by using all the forces at his disposal — including persuasion and hardball politics — to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965), fundamentally altering the legal terms under which whites and blacks related to one another. Goodwin presents these case studies in Part III of her book, “The Leader and the Times: How They Led.” Of each president’s White House years, she writes: “There, at their formidable best, when guided by a sense of moral purpose, they were able to channel their ambitions and summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others.” But those ambitions and talents didn’t emerge de novo or ex nihilo. The four presidents were influenced by circumstances just as much as they in turn influenced them. Part I, “Ambition and the Recognition of Leadership,” narrates the burgeoning sense of possibility each president experienced in his 20s especially, along with the recognition by their peers that they were destined for greater things. Part II, “Adversity and Growth,” shows how each one faced a test or series of tests that forced them to ask deeper questions of their life’s meaning — questions that, once answered, steeled their commitment to lead. Finally, an Epilogue examines how each man reflected on his enduring reputation, a fame that would last beyond both his administration and his death. How would they be remembered by posterity? As with Goodwin’s previous works on these four presidents, Leadership in Turbulent Times is a gripping read, combining biographical detail and historical context. It is the addition of shrewd insights about leadership throughout the book that marks a departure from her earlier biographies. Those insights are well-grounded and explicit. One of the great dangers of drawing lessons from biography or history is that such lessons smooth over differences, whether among the subjects of  biographical inquiry, or between their times and our own. Doris Kearns Goodwin is well aware of this danger and largely avoids it. The leadership principles she draws organically arise from the events she narrates. Here’s how she explains the matter in the book’s Foreword: "These four extended examples show how their leadership fit the historical moment as a key fits a lock. No key is exactly the same; each has a different line of ridges and notches along its blade. While there is neither a master key to leadership nor a common lock of historical circumstance, we can detect a certain family resemblance of leadership traits as we trace the alignment of leadership capacity within its historical context." That “family resemblance of leadership traits,” the book’s explicit lesson, is what leaders will most appreciate about Leadership in Turbulent Times. Its implicit lesson is that leaders must know themselves and their own times if they want to change them. Leadership never occurs in a vacuum where principles can be applied automatically. Rather, it requires wisdom. Like the biblical men of Issachar, leaders understand the times and know just what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). Book Reviewed Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership in Turbulent Times (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018). P.S. If this review helped you form an opinion of the book, please click “Helpful” on my Amazon review page. P.P.S. This review is cross-posted from InfluenceMagazine.com with permission.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brian Willis

    Goodwin takes her 5 decades of research into the presidencies of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and LBJ and distills it into a tightly focused examination of the quality of leadership under challenging circumstances. The book is divided into three sections, where Goodwin gives each President a turn at biographical displays of leadership qualities. It also serves as a brief biography for each leader. Part 1 illuminates how each President developed professionally in their early years and how they c Goodwin takes her 5 decades of research into the presidencies of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and LBJ and distills it into a tightly focused examination of the quality of leadership under challenging circumstances. The book is divided into three sections, where Goodwin gives each President a turn at biographical displays of leadership qualities. It also serves as a brief biography for each leader. Part 1 illuminates how each President developed professionally in their early years and how they came to realize their call to political leadership. Part 2 relates the difficult and tragic circumstances each President faced as a setback to their personal and political ambitions (and yes, all four faced severe challenges). Part 3 specifically zeroes in on a particular political challenge as President where they displayed superior leadership qualities: Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, TR resolving the coal strike of 1902, FDR's first 100 days, and LBJ passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In that third section, Goodwin divides the actions into sections highlighted by bold leadership maxims demonstrated by the actions of the four POTUS's. Each leader responds in a different way but each made the right moves to face the consequential moments of their time: the Civil War, the need for Progressive labor reform, the Great Depression, the culmination of the Civil Rights Movement. It's a great read for that purpose. It doesn't tread old ground in the sense that its focus on leadership qualities commands the four-part narrative. It shows that great leaders feel that call from an early age but also have to overcome great personal struggles in order to learn the necessary lessons to navigate the country through turbulent waters. And though it is not as lengthy as previous books by Goodwin, it is still as full of dense details and academic expertise. It also concludes with an epilogue looking at the political afterlives of these Presidents, all of whom were continuing to advance their leadership strategies until the day of their death (all four died suddenly, 2 in office). Another sterling work by Goodwin and a soothing balm for the rancor of our times.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Drtaxsacto

    I like Kearns Goodwin - anyone who can write convincingly on everything from baseball to superb biographies of leaders has to have something going. But this book is not close to one of her best. Its subjects should not have been a surprise - KG has written individual biographies of each of the subjects in her book (Lincoln, TR, FDR and LBJ). The book adds some new anecdotes for each of the leaders considered so there are some morsels. But I have two problems with the book - her underlying theory I like Kearns Goodwin - anyone who can write convincingly on everything from baseball to superb biographies of leaders has to have something going. But this book is not close to one of her best. Its subjects should not have been a surprise - KG has written individual biographies of each of the subjects in her book (Lincoln, TR, FDR and LBJ). The book adds some new anecdotes for each of the leaders considered so there are some morsels. But I have two problems with the book - her underlying theory that kinetic activity - even at the expense of the other branches of government - is what defines a good leader is wrong headed. I also think her choice of four leaders is unconvincing and pedestrian. Every president faces challenges. I am not a fan of three of the four presidents covered in this book. Clearly she believes in the centrality of the role of the president but it is in the spirit of James McGregor Burns. In my mind the best presidents had a superb ability to bring people together. Lincoln, either necessarily or because he could, operated under a good part of his presidency with martial law. TR was a classic self serving politician. He was in many ways manic (as Kearns' superb individual biography points out). It is certainly reasonable to argue that FDRs chaotic management style might have delayed the economic recovery from the Great Depression. And although she covers the tragedy of Vietnam (in the chapter on LBJ she makes the bizarre argument that JFK was more focused on international issues - wasn't he the President who said "Ask not what you can do for your country...." JFK was at best indifferent to working the Congress and thus his initiatives for domestic policy were left on the floor. The best part of the book is her descriptions of LBJs effort to get the Civil Rights Bill done. What concerns me about this book is that she could have chosen leaders who understood how to operate in turbulent times (both Reagan and Truman fit the bill or even perhaps Grover Cleveland) and had a much more defensible thesis and more entertaining book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    LEADERSHIP IN TURBULENT TIMES. (2018). Doris Kearns Goodwin. ***1/2. Ms. Kearns is a former winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her study of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. She has taken the opportunity to select her four favorite presidents – the ones she has studied the most – and attempted to chart the characteristics they had in common that allowed them to reach the pinnacle of success within their careers. The four candidates for her further study included Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, LEADERSHIP IN TURBULENT TIMES. (2018). Doris Kearns Goodwin. ***1/2. Ms. Kearns is a former winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her study of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. She has taken the opportunity to select her four favorite presidents – the ones she has studied the most – and attempted to chart the characteristics they had in common that allowed them to reach the pinnacle of success within their careers. The four candidates for her further study included Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. It was not a surprise to me that she found similar traits and behavior among all four that could be pointed to as being responsible for their success. Each of these men exhibited qualities of leadership that Mr. Goodwin ultimately broke down into four different categories: Transformational Leadership, Crisis Leadership, Turnaround Leadership, and Visionary Leadership. I didn’t find any surprises here, but her overarching conclusions about the set of four were what we would be forced to anticipate from our own former knowledge of history. Her conclusions about these four men entrench them as role models demonstrating leadership in their fields, and she makes the case for choosing them from the many potential candidates available for their special talents and achievements.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ctgt

    Kearns takes a look at four presidents- Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson and presents what she believes made them great leaders. The book is broken in to 3 parts; 1. The early years, 2. a pivotal professional moment and 3. a specific time when they each had to display leadership. Obviously there is a ton of information about all these men but Kearns does a good job of taking this info and shedding light on a particular aspect of their lives and legacy. 8/10

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Arredondo

    An interesting read. I have never been the History buff . Not my forte in school either. I wanted to read this book because American History..mainly of the Presidents...was one of the subjects my grandfather enjoyed reading. I wanted to give it a go. I did. I found this book to be quite interesting. It was not too much. It gave it's info and it gave it well. Writing style was to the point. When it got tedious (towards the end) I powered through and I am thankful that I did because I really enjoye An interesting read. I have never been the History buff . Not my forte in school either. I wanted to read this book because American History..mainly of the Presidents...was one of the subjects my grandfather enjoyed reading. I wanted to give it a go. I did. I found this book to be quite interesting. It was not too much. It gave it's info and it gave it well. Writing style was to the point. When it got tedious (towards the end) I powered through and I am thankful that I did because I really enjoyed this book. If you actually are a history buff I can see you truly enjoying this read. If you are not and want to explore uncharted territory....this book is it. Thanks to goodreads and to Author Doris Kearns Goodwin for my free copy of this book via giveaway. I received. I read. I reviewed with honesty and voluntarily.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Porter Broyles

    When I look at books I consider three principal factors: 1. How well written is it? This book is very well written. Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and deservedly so. All of her books are very well written. 2. How interesting is the subject? Lincoln, Teddy, FDR, and Johnson---four of the most important and interesting presidents in American History? Looking at each of those presidents during some of their turbulent years? The subject is very interesting. Johnson seems like an odd duck in When I look at books I consider three principal factors: 1. How well written is it? This book is very well written. Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and deservedly so. All of her books are very well written. 2. How interesting is the subject? Lincoln, Teddy, FDR, and Johnson---four of the most important and interesting presidents in American History? Looking at each of those presidents during some of their turbulent years? The subject is very interesting. Johnson seems like an odd duck in this mix. The first three are routinely considered 3 of the top 5 presidents ever. Johnson is probably a top ten or fifteen president, but he is the one that Goodwin knew personally having worked with him in the White House and after his presidency. As a Civil War buff I'm very familiar with Lincoln and his story. I've read numerous books on Teddy and a few FDR. I wasn't very familiar with Johnson, which is probably why I enjoyed the sections dealing with him the most---everything was new. 3. Does the book offer novel insight into the subject or is it just regurgitating already known facts? The books is broken down into three key parts. The first third provides a short biography on each of the presidents. This section is pretty much a readers digest version of her other books. (Goodwin has written full length biographies on each of them). The second third deals with a personal crisis which helped to define each of the four presidents. For Lincoln it was political losses. Teddy lost his first wife and mother on the day his daughter was born. FDR loss the use of his legs. Johnson had a political defeat and then later a heart attack. How they responded helped to shape their character. These chapters were interesting, but again didn't really provide much new. The final third of the book looked at the leadership aspects of each president and how they handled major issues during their presidency (The Emancipation Proclamation, one of the Countries biggest labor strikes, the Great Depression, and Civil Rights). Here Goodwin highlights the principal of leadership used by the President and then discusses how the President acted to fulfill that aspect of the leadership. This was the section wherein I felt that Goodwin offered the most insight and was the most interesting. (NOTE: Somebody less familiar with the individuals probably enjoyed the first two sections more than I did.) While I enjoyed this book, it isn't quite up to par with her other words. Her books Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals are easily five star books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Having read and enjoyed Kearns Goodwin's books on FDR, Lincoln, and LBJ I was curious to see how this book would be. This one did not disappoint in most respects. As with the other 3 books her narrative style of history telling in a relatively direct prose makes for engaging reading. Even when KG provides background and/or context she does it in manner that keeps the storyline moving along at a comfortable, and for the most part, interesting pace. In this book the author still demonstrates a fine Having read and enjoyed Kearns Goodwin's books on FDR, Lincoln, and LBJ I was curious to see how this book would be. This one did not disappoint in most respects. As with the other 3 books her narrative style of history telling in a relatively direct prose makes for engaging reading. Even when KG provides background and/or context she does it in manner that keeps the storyline moving along at a comfortable, and for the most part, interesting pace. In this book the author still demonstrates a finely tuned eye for how family history and dynamics as well as the social circumstances of the times in which these men grew up and came into adulthood molded their personalities, and, for the purposes of this book, their leadership styles. Her psychological analyses of these men, their relationships with others, their strivings for leadership, and their ability to overcome adversity are clearly articulated. She seems to know just how much of this to provide in a timely manner. I liken her style to the story of Goldlilocks: neither too much nor too little but just about right. To her credit, and as was the case with her book on LBJ, KG offers a brief analysis of how his leadership skills/personality which served him so well with civil rights, voting rights, and a host of other social legislation failed him when it came to the Vietnam debacle. She made some brief comments about how TR’s high energy levels and forceful personality put him in precarious positions with others early in his career. I wish she had done the same with Lincoln and FDR. Also, each was inspiringly successful in many respects but each one also encountered challenges which they failed to cope with. Rather than write in the last chapter about their passing away I wish she had provided an analysis of how their strengths in some respects were also their flaws in other circumstances. She also could have added some comments about the legacies which each man left. When I heard about this book, the cynic in me wondered if it was going to be a case of an aging popular historian mining her previous work with little new in it. There were clearly elements in this book which KG presented and discussed in the other 3 books of hers that I have read. But I had read those other books so many years ago that I did not mind the redundancy. Also, there was enough new information with the added perspective on leadership that led me to think that overall this is a worthwhile read. Maybe a 4.5, in fact. I have not read KG's memoir. Leadership and the good memories I have of her other books make me think that maybe I should.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Switzer

    The writing is clear and flows smoothly. I especially liked the first two segments that detail the beginnings of motivation and overcoming struggles. I found that the last sections about Lyndon Johnson tended to idealize him and skip over some of the realities such as his ending as a very wealthy man even though starting in poverty. Many of our politicians today have also lined their own pockets while "serving their country".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I have read every book that Doris Kearns Goodwin has written. She is one of my favorites. So, I was excited when I heard this book would soon be published. Because she has written about all of these men before, I worried that it might just be the reworking of past material, but I was wrong. It was fantastic. Each case study sucked me in, and often, brought me to tears. Once again, DKG has hit a homerun!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Trevithick

    3.5 stars - enjoyable read about how these four incredible leaders did what they did, and what motivated them. Much was learned, much was underlined.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ngiste

    Top notch history, made even more interesting because of the comparative story telling and the leadership commentary. Highly recommend the audiobook as the readers are very good.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    I won a copy of "Leadership: In Turbulent Times" on Goodreads First Reads. This book gives me hope that their are great leaders out there and that this time in our history will pass.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I am grateful to the publisher (Simon & Schuster) and the author (Doris Kearns Goodwin, DKG) for the advanced reader’s copy (ARC) which I received via Goodreads Giveaways. I was particularly excited to receive this book, as it was already at the top of my to-buy list. This certainly did not disappoint. DKG is a national treasure; I often think of her as our nation’s Historian Emeritus. Her research is incredibly thorough and well-documented. Toward that end, the length of the book intimidated I am grateful to the publisher (Simon & Schuster) and the author (Doris Kearns Goodwin, DKG) for the advanced reader’s copy (ARC) which I received via Goodreads Giveaways. I was particularly excited to receive this book, as it was already at the top of my to-buy list. This certainly did not disappoint. DKG is a national treasure; I often think of her as our nation’s Historian Emeritus. Her research is incredibly thorough and well-documented. Toward that end, the length of the book intimidated me, until I realized how much of it was devoted to bibliography and research notes. I am glad that she documents everything in appendices, rather than as footnotes which tend to interrupt the flow of reading on each page. The book is well organized into 4 sections (basically: formative years, early career, leadership in turbulent times, and post-career). Within those sections, we learn about four presidents who led our country through particularly trying times in our history and to their goals for our greatness: Lincoln (Civil War and emancipation), Teddy Roosevelt (Square Deal), Franklin Roosevelt (New Deal), and LBJ (Great Society). These four men had particularly divergent childhoods and moments of turbulence and seminal change. DKG does a great job of comparing and contrasting. She goes into great detail, including documented conversations and writings from those who knew each of these men. These aren’t just the facts in any given history book. We get to know the mean and how they came into their own, and how they shaped our country’s past and therefore our future. I found the book particularly comforting, to know that we have had such excellence in leadership before, and someday we will again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    Doris Kearns Goodwin has produced a fluently written, interesting character study by analyzing the leadership qualities of four U.S. presidents — Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. It is also a study in the life changing factors that helped develop those leadership abilities. Goodwin’s talent is to assemble well known historical facts in a way not organized before. At points in her narrative, the reader may feel that this is a clever repackaging of what i Doris Kearns Goodwin has produced a fluently written, interesting character study by analyzing the leadership qualities of four U.S. presidents — Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. It is also a study in the life changing factors that helped develop those leadership abilities. Goodwin’s talent is to assemble well known historical facts in a way not organized before. At points in her narrative, the reader may feel that this is a clever repackaging of what is generally known about four of the most written-about presidents. Indeed, Goodwin has previously devoted an entire book to each of the men profiled here. While this, her latest effort, is readable, it doesn’t rise to the level of insight found in her portrait of Lincoln and his cabinet in “Team of Rivals”. In the earlier book, she devoted about twice as many pages to Lincoln and the management of his cabinet as in this book that covers four presidents. It’s not clear if Goodwin sees suffering, psychological damage, and failure in youth or young adulthood as a prerequisite of leadership, but this is the common denominator of the four men profiled. All four are imperfect, driven individuals able to assume the mantle of leadership and overcome knotty issues that are tearing the country apart. Her description of FDR’s optimistic mindset in the months following his paralysis from polio sets the stage for his courage the rest of his life. It’s a paradigm for how a devastating experience can lead to significant growth and helped him lift a country that was itself despondent during the Depression. In 1854, years before the better-known Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Lincoln and Douglas debated the Nebraska Act that tried to establish a compromise regarding the extension of slavery to the West. Such debates were the only form of rural entertainment in an era before mass communications. Douglas spoke for three hours. Lincoln then suggested a supper break to ensure that he had an attentive crowd. His response, much shorter, made a profound impression on his audience and was then reprinted in newspapers in its entirety and in pamphlet form. It revealed Lincoln’s understanding of media in his time and how to communicate a complex idea to a mainstream audience. Goodwin traces Lincoln’s evolving thought about emancipation and his tactics for shepherding the proclamation announcement in time of war. In an era when coal was the fuel for heating, railways, and industrial production, a nationwide coal strike threatened civil society. The easiest solution was for a president to call out the army as a strike-breaking force, but Teddy Roosevelt found another way. Lyndon Johnson’s mother alternatively lavished love and snatched it away, a quid pro quo for obedience and achievement. Goodwin believes that this set a pattern for Johnson in dealing with friends, colleagues, members of his staff, and fellow politicians. He would blanket someone with generosity and affection but expect total loyalty in return. Withdrawal of affection was known as the Johnson “freeze out”. LBJ shrewdly analyzed the needs and vulnerabilities of the legislators whose votes he needed and against all odds passed civil rights legislation. Goodwin also effectively employs “compare and contrast”. Defeat in an election didn’t diminish Lincoln’s hopes or ambition, but a 1941 Senate loss devastated LBJ. Franklin Roosevelt considered his lost vice presidential run in 1920 as an effort that expanded his national reputation and positioned him for later national electoral success. Frantic activity was how Teddy Roosevelt dealt with personal or electoral setbacks. The best analysis is found in the last third of the book, when Goodwin breaks down how each president handled a crisis of his own — the Emancipation Proclamation for Lincoln, a coal strike for Teddy Roosevelt, the Depression for FDR, and civil rights for Lyndon Johnson. Goodwin labels these Transformational Leadership, Crisis Management, Turnaround Leadership, and Visionary Leadership respectively. While “Leadership in Turbulent Times” is unlikely to contain many surprising insights, it is nevertheless an interesting book that will have the reader reflecting on the aspects of character that distinguish leaders. At best, it allows us to reflect on the qualities in a president that are needed in our own turbulent times.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gary Moreau

    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a great historian and a terrific writer. As in her biographies, this one is well researched, logically organized, and converted into splendid prose. It is undoubtedly true that a few of the quotes appear both here and in the individual biographies, but they are used in a very different context. I don’t accept, therefore, the charge of redundancy. Biography is not a prescription for leadership, however, no matter whose life is chronicled. In this book Goodwin has clearly st Doris Kearns Goodwin is a great historian and a terrific writer. As in her biographies, this one is well researched, logically organized, and converted into splendid prose. It is undoubtedly true that a few of the quotes appear both here and in the individual biographies, but they are used in a very different context. I don’t accept, therefore, the charge of redundancy. Biography is not a prescription for leadership, however, no matter whose life is chronicled. In this book Goodwin has clearly stepped out of her boat and, on balance, done a remarkable job. (In terms of effort and taking a risk I’d give her a 6.) She offers far more insight than, I must admit, I thought a biographer, even the best in the business, might. In that respect, I think, this will go down as one of the great achievements of her career. In the end, however, I’m not sure Goodwin quite cracks the nut of leadership. Each of the four men profiled were great leaders but I’m still not sure what the core elements of leadership are. She defines that core for each of them, but they, by her own portrayal, were all very different men with very different life experiences. While defining their leadership skills after the fact is meaningful, it’s not particularly predictive unless common elements can be established. And while she insightfully chronicles the core leadership qualities of each, I never quite felt like she provided a blueprint. She’s not alone, however. As a former CEO and current executive coach I have diligently studied leadership over a span exceeding four decades. My thesis before reading this book was that the qualities of leadership could only be isolated after the fact and that the variables articulated could not be applied pro-actively. Every leader, in other words, is different, and leadership is an unpredictable confluence of individual qualities and external events. Goodwin has not changed that assessment (hence the 4 – I’m reviewing the book, not the author) but she nonetheless made a valiant effort and did, in fact, move me a few baby steps off the position I previously held. For that reason I believe this is a very worthy book but caution readers who believe they are going to find a prescription for leaders that they can apply in their own lives. To be clear, however, I would say the same thing about any book on leadership, including those written by the most popular gurus of the topic, virtually all of which I have read. What struck me most about the author’s characterization is how much each of these undeniably great leaders looks, at their core, a lot like you and me. More ambition, for sure. In a couple of cases, more raw brainpower. None, however, were gods. Each struggled with the adversity that each of us faces, no matter the station we are born into. Each faced undeniable failure and humiliation. Each struggled to find their rhythm of leadership. And that, I believe, is one of the secrets to this author’s greatness. She finds the humanity in all of us, whether you are Abraham Lincoln or John Smith. She understands people and that is not a universal trait among those who excel at prose. I, to be frank, found the humanity of these four great leaders very uplifting and reassuring. In an age in which the world around us seems to be screaming that “you are wrong”, it gave me some desperately needed hope. So, if you could use a dash of hope, and who can’t, I strongly recommend you read this book. Thanks to Ms. Goodwin for sharing it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    Pulitzer Prize winner and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin penned another historical gem. And this time it includes lessons on leadership befitting a series of Harvard Business Review articles. In Leadership: In Turbulent Times, Goodwin floats back and forth recounting the histories and leadership of Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Goodwin focuses on one critical event faced by each president. These events are Lincoln’s issu Pulitzer Prize winner and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin penned another historical gem. And this time it includes lessons on leadership befitting a series of Harvard Business Review articles. In Leadership: In Turbulent Times, Goodwin floats back and forth recounting the histories and leadership of Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Goodwin focuses on one critical event faced by each president. These events are Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, Theodore Roosevelt’s managing of the 1902 coal strike, Franklin Roosevelt’s first 100 days, and Johnson’s passage of the Civil Rights Act. Using these nation-shaping events, Goodwin described these presidents’ leadership styles and effectiveness. She also pointed out that “their leadership fit the historical moment as a key fits a lock.” These historical contexts are meaningful, but Leadership: In Turbulent Times provides lessons for today. For example, President Lincoln, who “entered the presidency … [when] the house was not merely divided; the house was on fire,” would likely have never tweeted in anger. “When angry with a colleague, Lincoln would fling off what he called a ‘hot’ letter, releasing all his pent wrath. He would then put the letter aside until he had cooled down and could attend to the matter with a clearer eye,” explained Goodwin. Goodwin also shows that President Johnson led collaboratively. “My experience in the NYA,” [Johnson] recalled, “taught me that when people have a hand in shaping projects, these projects are more likely to be successful than the than the ones simply handed down from the top.” As president, “I insisted on congressional consultation at every stage, beginning with the process of deciding what problems and issues to consider for my task forces right up to the drafting of bills.” These are just a couple of the lessons in Leadership: In Turbulent Times; an exceptionally well-written book about leadership, American history, and effective presidencies.

  28. 5 out of 5

    David

    This was one of the most compelling nonfiction books I have read in a long time. Ms. Goodwin examines the lives of four American Presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Specifically, she looks at the characteristics of each of these men that made them leaders. The age-old question - were these men a product of the times in which they lived or did they alter the times in which they lived through their particular leadership abilities - is not defini This was one of the most compelling nonfiction books I have read in a long time. Ms. Goodwin examines the lives of four American Presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Specifically, she looks at the characteristics of each of these men that made them leaders. The age-old question - were these men a product of the times in which they lived or did they alter the times in which they lived through their particular leadership abilities - is not definitively answered here. I don't know that it can be. Each of these men faced incredibly difficult events during their terms of office - wars, economic crises, sociopolitical upheaval - and each brought their leadership styles to bear on them. Further, each of them had personal and psychological aspects in common. All of them suffered from depression, all were driven to success, all shared an inborn desire to improve the lives of the average person. All of these aspects together formed, in my opinion, the basis for leadership that allowed each man to deal effectively (to one degree or another) with the times and events at hand. None of them were completely successful in their efforts, for various reasons. Lincoln was hobbled by a lack of respect among his military leaders. FDR suffered from ongoing health problems. LBJ enjoyed unprecedented success with his social agenda but failed almost beyond belief in his handling of the escalating war in Vietnam. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in American history. I learned much about the personalities of each of these men. A very strong five stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cary Giese

    With Doris Kearns Goodwin you never have to worry about the writing or the research. It’s excellent! Her book details the extraordinary ambition, vigor and work ethic of the four consequential Presidents; Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson! Men that she knew well as she had previously written their biographies. Each of them grew up wanting to do something history would remember, but each had very difficult obstacles to overcome. This book is the story of With Doris Kearns Goodwin you never have to worry about the writing or the research. It’s excellent! Her book details the extraordinary ambition, vigor and work ethic of the four consequential Presidents; Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson! Men that she knew well as she had previously written their biographies. Each of them grew up wanting to do something history would remember, but each had very difficult obstacles to overcome. This book is the story of how they overcame their difficulties and how that experience shaped their success. Their experiences helped each of them to develop unique and successful leadership styles! They all wanted to help our country live up to its potential, and had aggressive and unique visions for their time. This is the story of how they learned to leverage public opinion to overcome the interest of entrenched powers that opposed them,...to our country’s benefit! These men are great examples of how to overcome adversity! I want my grandchildren to read this book hoping they will be motivated by the examples chronicled by the author; that they will learn to overcome any obstacles of their personal circumstances and determine to live up to their varied endowed skills! A great book! I recommend it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Brandl

    Having read Team of Rivals, I had no doubt that this book would be well written. My only question going in was whether it would be a truly inspired effort by Doris Kearns Goodwin or simply an attempt to cash in on her previous research on these four Presidents, combining her previous books into a more condensed "greatest hits" type of work. If you've read all of her other books, I'm not sure you'll learn much that is new from this book. (I'm only basing this off of having read Team of Rivals). A Having read Team of Rivals, I had no doubt that this book would be well written. My only question going in was whether it would be a truly inspired effort by Doris Kearns Goodwin or simply an attempt to cash in on her previous research on these four Presidents, combining her previous books into a more condensed "greatest hits" type of work. If you've read all of her other books, I'm not sure you'll learn much that is new from this book. (I'm only basing this off of having read Team of Rivals). At the same time I do think the overarching theme of leadership and the way she structured the book into three distinct parts worked fairly well. Each President went through their own form of adversity and overcame it to become the leader they became. It makes sense to cover multiple stories in this context because there are so many ways to overcome things and so many approaches to successful leadership. It's not a one size fits all concept. I was particularly interested in the stories about Teddy Roosevelt and look forward to learning more about him. Kearns Goodwin also spent a lot of time working in person with Lyndon Johnson, so she adds a unique perspective to him that I'm glad she went into detail on during the epilogue.

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