What is it that creates the skills of leadership? How do our life experiences influence our ability to handle and effect opportunities and challenges that come before us? Reviewing the lives of Lincoln, the two Roosevelts, and LBJ, Goodwin sets the stage for a discussion of how each rose to the challenges before them and led our country through some of our most important events. Very engaging, timely, and thought-provoking.— Gail
The New York Times bestselling book about the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin "should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country, and ourselves" (The Washington Post).
"After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians" (USA TODAY). In her "inspiring" (The Christian Science Monitor) Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.