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The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of journalism

Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Theodore Roosevelt; William H Taft; Theodore Roosevelt; William H Taft
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Doris Kearns Goodwin
ISBN: 9781416547860 141654786X 9781416547877 1416547878 1451673795 9781451673791
OCLC Number: 827262860
Description: xiv, 910 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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" --
Armageddon.
Responsibility: Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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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 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.

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