Leadership: In Turbulent Times

Leadership: In Turbulent Times

by Doris Kearns Goodwin


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ISBN-13: 9781476795928
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 32
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize–winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award–winning film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, the New York Times bestselling chronicle of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Visit her at DorisKearnsGoodwin.com or @DorisKGoodwin.


Concord, MA

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1943

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, NY


B. A., Colby College; Ph.D., Harvard University

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

I Ambition and the Recognition of Leadership

1 Abraham: "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition" 3

2 Theodore: "I rose like a rocket" 21

3 Franklin: "No, call me Franklin" 39

4 Lyndon: "A steam engine in pants" 68

II Adversity and Growth

5 Abraham Lincoln: "I must die or be better" 97

6 Theodore Roosevelt: "The light has gone out of my life" 124

7 Franklin Roosevelt: "Above all, try something" 160

8 Lyndon Johnson: "The most miserable period of my life" 182

III The Leader and the Times: How They Led

9 Transformational Leadership: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation 211

10 Crisis Management: Theodore Roosevelt and the Coal Strike 243

11 Turnaround Leadership: Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Days 273

12 Visionary Leadership: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights 306

Epilogue: Of Death and Remembrance 345

Acknowledgments 369

Bibliography 371

Business Books on Leadership Skills 383

Abbreviations Used in Notes 387

Notes 389

Illustration Credits 449

Index 451

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Must read for all presidential scholars. Leadership begins and ends with keeping ones word.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Inspiring. Educational. Entertaining. Changed my opinion of Lyndon Johnson and introduced me to four presidents who faced adversity with courage and conviction and patriotism. Beautifully crafted and obviously well-researched. I have seen and enjoyed the author’s presentations on the state of the presidency on cable news shows but her writing is stunning. Not a surprise she has won a Pulitzer for past offerings. This is likely to earn her another. With all the news about the lack of leadership by the current occupant of the White House, this book reminds of us what we have enjoyed in past leadership and what we can hope for in the future. Spoiler alert: If you judged LBJ simply by the failed leadership in Vietnam, as I had, you missed the remarkable courage and leadership that defines him as one of the most successful civil rights leaders of our time.