Book Spotlight: Leadership: In Turbulent Times

By Doris Kearns Goodwin WF ‘64

Book Cover: Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns GoodwinWhat makes a leader? Although singular in personalities, challenges, and time periods, the presidents featured in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s newest book all drew upon their own distinct styles of leadership to guide the country and better the lives of its people.

By studying the early public careers of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson, Leadership: In Turbulent Times looks at the emergence of their ambitions, offers origin stories of their resilience, and examines the challenges they faced. It also uses the stories of these presidents to provide the reader with specific steps to shape their own leadership style.

“We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her subjects’ examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place,” says The New York Times Book Review.

Leadership debuted on The New York Times best seller list. Dr. Goodwin won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Her book Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream will be rereleased in spring 2019.


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