The Bully Pulpit A Great Read Dont Be Put Off By Size

Dated: 11/02/2014

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The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a must read for all history junkies, especially if you are interested in the early 20th century period in American history.  It is the story of Roosevelt, Taft and the rise of investigative journalism and McClures Magazine.  Ms. Kearns Goodwin is refreshingly able to bring together a vast amount of research and pulverize it into easily read paragraphs that will not overwhelm the living room historian with too many facts.  Myself, having already read four bios on Teddy I skimmed the Teddy parts for anything new, and there wasn't.  So if you saw Ken Burns latest doc on him or have read about him before, feel free to skim.  It makes the 3 plus inch tome less intimidating.  For Taft I read all, as it was new to me and I ate up all the information about McClures and the illustrious staff of writers that started the genre of investigative journalism.  Ida Tarbell, first women reporter ever in America, along with reporters Steffens, White, and Phillips.  Who brought in the era of  Trust Busting with scorching exposés on Standard Oil, the railroad monopolies, the meat packing industry, and just how many politicians were literally on the payroll of big corporations.  These articles that came in well researched monthly installments are  what helped Teddy and his "Progressives" put through so much necessary legislation; the we now take for granted.  Plus it was this monthly periodical that introduced the American public to Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle,  Jack London, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, and many other new up and coming writers that we know of and still read today.  As with all things life is a dynamic and within as little a five years the county's taste in politicians and scandals wearied and Roosevelt declined a third term, therefore setting up the last third of the book and instilling in American, to this day; a fear of a third party or breakaway party attacks on Washington.  This book was an easy read and like I said, it is for armchair historians, there will be no test at the end; just enjoy
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Michael Krivacs

I grew up in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island and graduated from The American University with a BS in Business Administration. While in college I met my wife Holly. After school I worked as a Wage ....

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