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The Bully Pulpit

Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

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Published by Simon and Schuster in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

The gap between rich and poor has never been wider. Legislative stalemate paralyzes the country. Corporations resist federal regulations. Spectacular mergers produce giant companies. The influence of money in politics deepens. Bombs explode in crowded streets. Small wars proliferate far from our shores. A dizzying array of inventions speeds the pace of daily life. These unnervingly familiar headlines serve as the backdrop for Doris Kearns Goodwin's highly anticipated The Bully Pulpit -- 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. The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft -- a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country's history. The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine -- Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White -- teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S. S. McClure. Goodwin's narrative is founded upon a wealth of primary materials. - Jacket flap.

Table of Contents

The hunter returns
Will and Teedie
The judge and the politician
Nellie Herron Taft
Edith Carow Roosevelt
The insider and the outsider
The invention of McClure's
"Like a boy on roller skates"
Governor and Governor General
"That damned cowboy is President"
"The most famous woman in America"
"A mission to perform"
Toppling old bosses
"Thank Heaven you are to be with me!"
"A smile that won't come off"
"Sitting on the lid"
The American people reach a verdict
"Cast into outer darkness"
"To cut Mr. Taft in two!"
Taft boom, Wall Street bust
Kingmaker and king
"A great stricken animal"
A self-inflicted wound
St. George and the dragon
"The parting of the ways"
"Like a war horse"
"My hat is in the ring"
"Bosom friends, bitter enemies"

The Physical Object

xiv, 910 p., [32] p. of plates
25 x x centimeters

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