Doris Kearns Goodwin at Saratoga City Center

doris kearns goodwin bully pulpit

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will be at the Saratoga City Center December 6 to talk about her recently published book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Tickets start at $25.

As you know, Kearns Goodwin is just about the most famous historian in America. She's won the Pulitzer Prize. She's on TV a lot. Her 2005 book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was the basis for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. From the blurbage for The Bully Pulipit:

From the country's leading presidential historian, The Bully Pulpit is a masterful and deeply insightful study of presidents - freshly told through the decades-long and complicated friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Like with Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin meticulously and with great perception and compassion captures an epic moment in history, when in 1912, Roosevelt and Taft engage in a brutal fight for the presidency - a fight that destroys both their political futures, while seriously weakening the progressive wing of the Republican Party, and dividing their wives, their children, and their closest friends.

It was that 1912 election in which Roosevelt ran as the "Bull Moose Party" candidate. William Howard Taft doesn't have the high-profile now like TR, but he was also an interesting character, the only person to serve as both as POTUS and chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The Doris Kearns Goodwin appearance is being organized by the Northshire Bookstore, and is part of the "Off The Shelf" series with WAMC -- DKG will have an onstage conversation with Joe Donahue and it will later be broadcast.

The event starts at 7 pm on December 6. Tickets are $25 / $45 for a ticket and the book / $48 for two tickets and one book.

Ann Patchett
Another upcoming Northshire-organized event: Author Ann Patchett will be at the Saratoga Hilton December 11 to talk about This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Tickets are $25 / $35 for a ticket and the book / $40 for two tickets and one book.

Doris Kearns Goodwin photo via her FB page

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