reviewed by dad
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
As the title suggest, Doris Kearns Goodwin's THE BULLY PULPIT; THEODORE ROOSEVELT, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT, AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF JOURNALISM (2013) is really three stories. First, it is a wonderful recounting of the friendship and eventual 1915 clash of Roosevelt and Taft. Second, it presents a sweeping account of the rise of the muckraking journalists of the twentieth century. Lastly, it chronicles the relationship between these politicians and these journalists. While each strand is interesting, it is the relationship between these politicians, particularly Roosevelt and Taft, that is the meat of the book. For those familiar with Kearns earlier work's, the story is rich in detail and factual content. For those new to Kearns's work, the writing is superb, the content nearly overwhelming. Like all Kearns's works, the book is not an easy read but it is definitely work the effort.