The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

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  • history of the progressive era in America
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2013: In an era when cooperation between the national media and the US
    government seems laughable, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s timely 100-year look backward
    explores the origins of the type of muckraking journalism that helped make America a better country. Focusing on the
    presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and his successor, William Howard Taft--one-time colleagues and friends who later
    became sworn foes--Goodwin chronicles the birth of an activist press, which occurred when five of the nation’s best-ever
    journalists converged at McClure’s magazine and helped usher in the Progressive era. At times slow and overly
    meticulous, with a lot of backstory and historical minutiae, this is nonetheless a lush, lively, and surprisingly urgent
    story--a series of entwined stories, actually, with headstrong and irascible characters who had me pining for
    journalism’s earlier days. It’s a big book that cries out for a weekend in a cabin, a book to get fully lost in, to hole
    up with and ignore the modern world, to experience the days when newsmen and women were our heroes. --Neal Thompson


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