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

Casey's History Book Reviews

The Bully Pulpit

I found this read by Doris Kearns Goodwin to be particularly interesting due to how she interwove the three subjects of the book. I have read a great deal about Teddy Roosevelt, but nothing about Taft or the journalists of their time. The book is written in Goodwin’s easy to read style with copious notes.

It reinforced my beliefs about Roosevelt being intelligent, aggressive, egotistical, political, charismatic and adventurous. I don’t mean that these were all necessarily bad traits, but made for an interesting man. He knew how to use the press at a time when most politicians avoided them like the plague. At times, though, he was his own worst enemy resulting in the Democrats gaining control of the White House and Congress.

Based on what I read in the book, William Howard Taft was intelligent, reserved, thoughtful, uncomfortable with politics, friendly and tried to avoid controversy whenever possible…

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