Doris Kearns Goodwin to Speak November 16

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 16:15
Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of the country’s leading presidential historians, will visit Mount Holyoke to discuss her new book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism on Saturday, November 16 at 4 pm in Chapin Auditorium. (Doors will open at 3:30 pm.)

Author of the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln–on which the award-winning movie Lincoln is based–Goodwin also won the Pulitzer Prize in history for her book No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.  In The Bully Pulpit, she writes of an epic time in American history—an era of reform, progress, and optimism—as she chronicles the turbulent and fateful relationship between Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, the rise of muckraking journalism, and the ferment of the Progressive Era.

Goodwin gives a fresh perspective on the phrase “bully pulpit,” a term Theodore Roosevelt himself coined to describe the way he used the national platform his presidency provided to shape public opinion and catalyze action against corruption, rampant income inequality, and teeming industrialization. Members of the press aided him in this unprecedented spirit of reform by uncovering and exposing corruption and linking politics to business at every level, from municipal precincts to the nation’s capital. Branded “muckrakers,” these investigative journalists took this derogatory label as a “badge of honor.”

Goodwin is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She frequently appears on the major television networks as a presidential historian and political news analyst, and she has served extensively as a consultant for PBS and the History Channel. She has also authored numerous articles on politics and baseball for leading national publications.

A graduate of Colby College, Goodwin earned a doctorate in government from Harvard University and has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a White House Fellow. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, Richard N. Goodwin.

This event is cosponsored by the Odyssey Bookshop and Mount Holyoke’s Department of History. After speaking, Kearns will be available to sign copies of her new book that have been purchased from the Odyssey Bookshop.