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Doris Kearns Goodwin: "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, And The Golden Age Of Journalism"

The nation's 26th president was both a leader of the Republican Party and a Progressive. A new book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin explores Theodore Roosevelt's effective use of the press and the presidency to push his agenda. He called it his "bully pulpit." He employed presidential power and public opinion to prod a conservative Congress into action. Under his leadership, Congress passed laws to break up monopolies, protect consumers and create national parks. Diane and her Goodwin discuss how Teddy Roosevelt got things done and his heartbreaking rift with the next president, William Howard Taft.

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"The Bully Pulpit" Copyright © 2013 by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc, NY.

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