Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin


“After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint.”—USA TODAY“A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves.”—The Washington Post“We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her subjects’ examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a ...

Details Leadership

Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Politics, Biography, Leadership, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Leadership

  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.---Short review since head is still on the mend (better than yesterday at least)The author is the history teacher I would have loved to have in high-school(aside from one in my school, the others weren't good at keeping me interested). She brings history alive and is good at keeping the reader engaged in the subjects she writes about.This one wasn...
  • Jean
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I also learned a few things about presidents, I have read many of their biographies. I am a big fan of Goodwin. She states she started working on this book in 2013 and it took her five years to research and write. I felt that the release of the book at this current time in our presidential affairs was quite pertinent.Goodwin wrote biographies over the years of each of the presidents. She chose for this book: Abr...
  • Bruce Katz
    3.75 (yes, I know it’s silly, but it feels right). Goodwin is to my mind a national treasure. Her earlier books hold pride of place on my shelves. This new book, however, simply didn’t move me as much. I’m not sure when she decided to write it — I understand that years of research typically go into her books — but one can’t read Leadership without being reminded again and again of the many shortcomings of our current political leaders...
  • Donna Wetzel
    Thank you Goodreads and Doris Kearns Goodwin for my free copy of Leadership: In Turbulent Times. This is an excellent book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Ms. Goodwin has the ability to take complicated subject matter and transform it into easy to read and understand text. She is a storyteller like Abe Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson, who are two of the past presidents discussed in this book. She gives many examples to support her viewpoints as to...
  • Jenna (Bookiemoji)
    Brilliant. I learned something about each president in their respective chapters. But became a bit muddled and long-winded when the author spoke by topic in the later half of the book and jumped between each president, sometimes mid-thought. Regardless, this is a very important book that I see doing well upon release. It’s a sad read, too, as it inadvertently highlights those things that are lacking in our current “leadership”.
  • Dan Graser
    With characteristic erudition and thoroughness, Doris Kearns Goodwin achieves an answer to the main questions she was asking with this book:“Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?”She centers this extensive answer around four different types of leaders who happen to share the distinction of having been elected ...
  • George P.
    The best way to study leadership is to study leaders. How they exercised influence in their contexts provides examples of how we can do so in ours. For this reason, it is paramount for leaders to be well-versed in biography and history, the knowledge of people and their times.Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership in Turbulent Times provides case studies of the leadership of four U.S. presidents at critical junctures in their administrations:1. Abra...
  • Brian Willis
    Goodwin takes her 5 decades of research into the presidencies of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and LBJ and distills it into a tightly focused examination of the quality of leadership under challenging circumstances.The book is divided into three sections, where Goodwin gives each President a turn at biographical displays of leadership qualities. It also serves as a brief biography for each leader. Part 1 illuminates how each President developed ...
  • Michelle Arredondo
    An interesting read.I have never been the History buff . Not my forte in school either. I wanted to read this book because American History..mainly of the Presidents...was one of the subjects my grandfather enjoyed reading. I wanted to give it a go. I did. I found this book to be quite interesting. It was not too much. It gave it's info and it gave it well. Writing style was to the point. When it got tedious (towards the end) I powered through an...
  • Beverly
    I won a copy of "Leadership: In Turbulent Times" on Goodreads First Reads. This book gives me hope that their are great leaders out there and that this time in our history will pass.
  • Amy
    I am grateful to the publisher (Simon & Schuster) and the author (Doris Kearns Goodwin, DKG) for the advanced reader’s copy (ARC) which I received via Goodreads Giveaways.I was particularly excited to receive this book, as it was already at the top of my to-buy list. This certainly did not disappoint.DKG is a national treasure; I often think of her as our nation’s Historian Emeritus. Her research is incredibly thorough and well-documented. To...
  • Gary Moreau
    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a great historian and a terrific writer. As in her biographies, this one is well researched, logically organized, and converted into splendid prose. It is undoubtedly true that a few of the quotes appear both here and in the individual biographies, but they are used in a very different context. I don’t accept, therefore, the charge of redundancy.Biography is not a prescription for leadership, however, no matter whose lif...
  • Richard
    Having read and enjoyed Kearns Goodwin's books on FDR, Lincoln, and LBJ I was curious to see how this book would be. This one did not disappoint in most respects.As with the other 3 books her narrative style of history telling in a relatively direct prose makes for engaging reading. Even when KG provides background and/or context she does it in manner that keeps the storyline moving along at a comfortable, and for the most part, interesting pace....
  • Drtaxsacto
    I like Kearns Goodwin - anyone who can write convincingly on everything from baseball to superb biographies of leaders has to have something going. But this book is not close to one of her best. Its subjects should not have been a surprise - KG has written individual biographies of each of the subjects in her book (Lincoln, TR, FDR and LBJ). The book adds some new anecdotes for each of the leaders considered so there are some morsels. But I have ...
  • Lucas Brandl
    Having read Team of Rivals, I had no doubt that this book would be well written. My only question going in was whether it would be a truly inspired effort by Doris Kearns Goodwin or simply an attempt to cash in on her previous research on these four Presidents, combining her previous books into a more condensed "greatest hits" type of work. If you've read all of her other books, I'm not sure you'll learn much that is new from this book. (I'm only...
  • Jenny GB
    Goodwin examines four presidencies for their leadership qualities as they discovered them in their youth, honed them through practice, and used them in times of great need for the country. Goodwin's writing at times moved me to near tears, especially reading about Lincoln's fight for emancipation. On the other hand, this group contains two very privileged, wealthy men (the Roosevelts) and I don't think she gave enough weight to those advantages w...
  • Rob
    Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (“Team of Rivals,” 2005) examines four of our most historic presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson. Noteworthy for different reasons, she analyzes three different periods of their lives – when they first en...
  • Dale
    I was fortunate to get the early readers edition of this book. This is the first book I've read by this author, and now I am hooked on her work! I bought two more of her books and plan to go see her speak at the Atlanta History Center. This book has been decades in the making for her. Doris Goodwin pours decades of research and personal knowledge of the leadership these four Presidents exemplified in and out of the Oval Office. She is a wonderful...
  • Jeff J.
    This is a remarkable accomplishment. Goodwin is arguably the leading Presidential historian of our time. In this book she revisits four of her subjects - Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson - with a focus on their leadership styles. I loved how she organized the book, with separate chapters on their beginnings, a great challenge they overcame, and their successes as Presidents. I was particularly intrigued by ...
  • Jeremiah
    Goodwin profiles Lincoln, Teddie Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and LB Johnson in three parts: 1) their early years and education, 2) a crisis to overcome 3) the risen leader. Goodwin tries to show the common leadership traits across all of these heroes, but they are as varied as the times and situations. It may have been more apt to discuss the true common virtues (or features) of these towering figures like 1) soring ambition, 2) great humility...
  • Stephen
    If you have never read a biography of Teddy or Franklin Roosevelt, Lincoln, or LBJ (one of these kids does not belong here?), this might be an interesting book for you. If you have, I'd skip it. It's a hodgepodge of stories loosely linking these 4 men together under a banner of "Leadership." I love Goodwin but this reads like she took chapters from her earlier books, and stitched them together into a new one.
  • Pam Mooney
    I love the story telling writing style. I enjoyed learning about the presidents and how they handled adversity. It made me feel like part of each presidential inner circle. Very well written and documented. I recommend this book for general reading as well for its historical value. I feel I am well read on the subject and still found facts that I have not previously encountered. A good read.
  • Joseph
    This book surprised me. I was expecting a boring synopsis of some of our most famous presidents. Instead, it was a real page turner and an entertaining read. In her best tradition, the author seamlessly blends the stories of Lincoln, TR, FDR, and LBJ overcoming adversity and exhibiting leadership skills in times of trial. A worthy effort that fills a large gap in presidential literature.
  • Travis
    An excellent treatise on leadership. The love of learning, empathy, and importance of character to the four presidents discussed are striking reminders that leadership is not about bluster and bombast but about connection and service. Also, I learned a great deal of history as well. Very much a book worth reading.
  • Donna Bailey
    Great book. I’ve read many of Doris Kerns Goodwin’s Books and always enjoy her ability to make history accesiable in such a relatable way.
  • David Steele
    Another top-notch work of scholarship by leading historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin.
  • Sandi
    A very easy book to read about beingIn the leadership role of 4 presidents in times of turbulent times