In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an 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 ...
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Leadership: In Turbulent Times Reviews
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and Lyndon Johnson all knew from a young age that they wanted to leave their mark on the world, they faced setbacks before becoming President that helped mold them into the leaders that they were. They all faced unique challenges, crises of the nation that they needed to address. Goodwin breaks their lives into segments for easier comparison, going stage by stage.
Why I started this book: Goodwin has been repeatedly recommended to me but this is the first book of her ...more
Switching gears from mystery to history. Four presidents from the time they were young men before their political aspirations were full blown.
Lincoln, arguably the greatest President of all. His compassion, even in the most difficult of times was an example to all.
Teddy Roosevelt and his inexhaustible energy. He kept coming back to the political arena, hoping for one more chance to be the commander in chief.
FDR, his indomitable spirit, who brought us through the Great Depression and WWII. De ...more
Doris Kearns Goodwin is one of my favorite authors and her newest work, Leadership: In Turbulent Times, does not disappoint. As we live in a time of extreme divisiveness, currently void of presidential leadership, I found this extremely encouraging. Definitely a book that matches the needs of the times.
Having written previously on presidents Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and LBJ, she weaves their stories together under the theme of leadership. There is a lot of back-and-forth, but it fits. If yo ...more
Doris Kearns Goodwin breathes life into material that she's mined before. This audio version benefits from the contribution of four well known actors, each representing a president she had researched in depth (i.e., Beau Bridges reads the sections on LBJ). Since that research was so immersive, she came to think of Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, FD Roosevelt and LBJ as "her guys," and what each had in common was the power to lead the country in times of crisis. In her portraits, limning their paths to th ...more