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Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781442353183
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After Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin wields her magic on another larger-than-life president, and another momentous and raucous American time period as she brings Theodore Roosevelt, the muckraking journalists, and the Progressive Era to life.

As she focused on the relationships between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in No Ordinary Time, and on Lincoln and his Team in Team of Rivals, Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the “muckraking” press—including legendary journalists Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, William Allen White, and editor Sam McClure—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. The rupture between the two led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that resulted in the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson and the diminishment of Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive wing of the Republican Party.

Like Goodwin’s chronicles of the Civil War and the Great Depression, The Bully Pulpit describes a time in our history that enlightened and changed the country, ushered in the modern age, and produced some unforgettable men and women. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Doris Kearns Goodwin tells this tale with her usual literary skill and deep research… Goodwin not only sheds light on the birth of the modern political world but chronicles a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “It’s a big book that cries out for a weekend in a cabin, a book to get fully lost in, to hole up with and ignore the modern world, to experience the days when newsmen and women were our heroes.”, editorial review

  • “Goodwin directs her characters with precision and affection, and the story comes together like a well-wrought novel.”

    New York Times

  • “In her beautiful new account of the lives of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin spins a tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue.”

    Associated Press

  • “Goodwin’s evocative examination of the Progressive world is smart and engaging…She presents a highly readable and detailed portrait of an era. The Bully Pulpit brings the early twentieth century to life and firmly establishes the crucial importance of the press to Progressive politics.”

    Washington Post

  • “Here is where Goodwin’s account soars. She captures with masterly precision the depth of the Roosevelt-Taft relationship, the slow dissolution and the growing disillusion, the awkward attempts at rapprochement, and then the final break....It is a story worth telling, and one well told.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Goodwin spent eight years working on The Bully Pulpit and the effort shows, much to the reader’s benefit and delight. She keeps the story clipping along, chooses enlightening anecdotes…and has the narrative and historical acumen to weave her theme through nine hundred pages…It is a command performance of popular history.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Few audio productions this year are likely to match, or deserve as much praise as, this history of the Progressive Era…Doris Kearns Goodwin is one of our most popular and esteemed historians, and…Edward Herrmann is simply her most simpatico reader. As in his reading of No Ordinary Time, his steady, unflagging delivery is perfectly attuned to her narrative voice and, without mimicry, to the broad array of voices, personalities, and events that highlight this rich personal and social drama. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “By shining a light on a little-discussed president and a much-discussed one, Goodwin manages to make history very much alive and relevant. Better yet—the party politics are explicitly modern.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A notable, psychologically charged study in leadership.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Trust Goodwin to work her bestselling, Pulitzer-worthy magic here.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • One of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2013
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 in Nonfiction
  • A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A 2013 Economist Best Book for Politics and Current Affairs
  • A USA Today Best Book of 2013
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2013
  • Finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2014 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist for Ficiton
  • A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2013
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best History/Biography Narration

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About the Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed works of nonfiction and winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history, the Lincoln Prize, and the Carnegie Medal. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a PhD in government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American presidency, and, at the age of twenty-four became a White House Fellow, working directly with President Lyndon Johnson. She served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs. She has been awarded many honors and accolades, including book prizes and honorary degrees.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.