Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has spent decades chronicling four consequential US presidents – Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Here, she details the personalities, skills and character traits – innate and developed – that set them apart. Goodwin identifies common characteristics, perhaps inherited, but undoubtedly nurtured. Her record of how each man matured will help any aspiring or current leader understand what greatness demands. She explains that worthy leaders achieve greatness less from cognitive or physical gifts than through their own grit and determination. Goodwin chronicles each man’s journey toward learning that empathy and skill in working with people must accompany reason and intellect. Her moving stories about these presidents will grip your attention as she wields her expertise in history, psychology and leadership.
About the Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin teaches history at Harvard, with a primary focus on the lives and careers of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.
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2 years agoNice. Saved me time from reading the book
3 years agoA well written summary showing the connections among the lives of these great Presidents.