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Everyone raved about Doris Kearns Goodwin’s speech. In fact, I heard from some people that it was the best talk they had ever heard.
University of Maine
Our event was a complete success! I want to extend a hearty thanks to you and everyone we came into contact with at WSB. Your team is dedicated, responsive and encouraging to us as the clients—you made the logistics easy! Doris Kearns Goodwin was just as you described her, delightful, engaging and complimentary to everyone and everything at our College. The emails to me are pouring in—from students as well. I know that she had a great impact on all who heard her speak.
Northampton Community College
Doris is a STAR - she captivated the minds and hearts of the family and the lecture's packed audience. In addition to her exquisite intelligence, Doris is extremely generous of her time, irresistibly warm, engaging and witty.
McCarthey Family Foundation
Doris Kearns Goodwin is just incredible. Her patience and connection with the individuals during the book signing were inspiring. She could have talked all night and they would have been just as rapt. Can't wait for her next book.
Cancer Clinics of Excellence
Doris Kearns Goodwin absolutely knocked people’s socks off. The audience loved her – and it was clear she loved the audience. I just hope I have a chance to book her again someday.
American Council on Education
Doris' speech was amazing and she was incredibly wonderful to work with. Hundreds of people have been coming up to me all day telling me that her lecture was the best they had ever heard! It was a HOME RUN WITH ALL THE BASES LOADED!
Americans for the Arts
Doris Kearns Goodwin was a hit at our meeting. She is a master at making history come alive – the audience was captivated! She was also very gracious and accommodating to all she met, both before her presentation, during her presentation and afterwards at the book signing.
The Council of State Governments, Midwestern Legislative Conference
Doris Kearns Goodwin was a great success and received a standing ovation. Quite a few attendees told us she was the best speaker we’ve ever had. She was a joy on-site and was everything we hoped for.
Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council
Doris Kearns Goodwin was a total and complete grand slam home run! She impressed and charmed everyone who was fortunate enough to meet or hear her. She was a delight to deal with--as were the folks at WSB! Thanks for all you did to make everything run so smoothly.
Oregon Historical Society

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin shares the talents, skills and human failings of the leaders and presidents who have formed this nation.
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Leadership Lessons of History: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents

A struggling economy. Two wars. A nation starving for leadership. While President Obama faces a myriad of complex issues, this is not the first time an American president has been forced to confront confounding problems. One of America's most treasured historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin provides stories, insights and analysis of the men who have assumed the presidency and the difficult political, social and economic issues that they faced. Drawing on her award-winning biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson and her new book on Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft, Goodwin brings the past alive, allowing listeners to learn from the stories of some of our most fascinating leaders. Whether looking at how the presidents dealt with the complexities of working with Congress to the challenges they faced dealing with the banking systems and business community, Goodwin focuses on the individual qualities that make our leaders great.

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

After Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin once again wields her magic on another larger-than-life president and a momentous and raucous American time period as she brings Theodore Roosevelt, the muckraking journalists and the Progressive Era to life in this new presentation. Goodwin focuses on the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the “muckraking” press at the time, Roosevelt wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses and corrupting money brokers, leading a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture between the two led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that resulted in the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson and the diminishment of Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive wing of the Republican Party. Goodwin shares with audiences a time in our history that enlightened and changed the country, ushered in the modern age and produced some unforgettable men and women.

Team of Rivals: The Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

In a presentation based on her longtime best-selling book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, award-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin provides audiences with object lessons in leadership, political economy and successful strategy, courtesy of one of history's most compelling personalities. Sorely underestimated as both an effective orator and leader, Abraham Lincoln surprised both his colleagues and critics as he rose to political prominence. But what's even more surprising was his ability to surround himself with a coalition of supporters made up almost entirely of men who had been both his political enemies and enemies of each other. Lincoln carefully navigated this "team of rivals" to achieve not only political success, but also victory in the Civil War. Carefully analyzing Lincoln's political acumen, Goodwin extracts kernels of wisdom about leadership, building and maintaining teams in the midst of trying circumstances and overcoming obstacles on the path towards
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Meet Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin shares the talents, skills and human failings of the leaders and presidents who have formed this nation.

Often cited as one of President Obama’s favorite books, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln inspires business and political leaders of today by teaching Lincoln's quiet but powerful leadership qualities─including his wisdom in building and maintaining teams in the midst of critically trying circumstances and his ability to overcome incredible obstacles. As one of the most recognized historians of the day, Goodwin’s new book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,(November, 2013) is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air – much like the nation is experiencing today in the political arena. In her presentations, Goodwin provides audiences trenchant, informed and enthralling commentary on current events by demonstrating how history has answered similar questions. With a deft wit and an uncanny ability to weave stories that put you "right in the room" as history occurs, Goodwin offers extraordinary insight into the lives of the leaders who have shaped the United States. Author of several best-selling books, Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. As well, she penned a touching memoir, Wait Till Next Year, about a love of baseball she shared with her father. A contributor, both on and off the air, to the PBS documentaries LBJ, The Kennedys, FDR and Baseball, Goodwin is the person most turn to for a keen historical perspective on political and current events. The film version of her book, Team of Rivals, was produced by Steven Spielberg. Lincoln premiered November 2012 to rave reviews and received 7 Golden Globe and 12 Oscar nominations. Dreamworks Studios/Steven Spielberg have also acquired the film rights to The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism – “Working with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks on Lincoln seemed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Goodwin. “I cannot imagine anything better than the prospect of working with them again, this time to bring Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to life.”

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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Team of Rivals: Lincoln Film Tie In
Team of Rivals
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