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

President Theodore Roosevelt standing with William Howard Taft prior to Taft's inauguration in 1909. - Wikimedia Commons

President Theodore Roosevelt standing with William Howard Taft prior to Taft's inauguration in 1909.

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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. How Theodore Roosevelt used his "bully pulpit" -- a term he coined -- to push through laws to break up monopolies, protect consumers and create national parks.

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.

Guests

Doris Kearns Goodwin

historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "No Ordinary Time," "Team of Rivals" and other books.

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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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