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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin brings history alive with an uncanny sense for detail and a master storyteller’s grasp of drama and depth as she examines the leadership triumphs, trials and tribulations of the men and women who have shaped this nation, culled from her lifetime examination of the U.S. presidency.

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Speeches

  • A Historical Perspective on Trump's Candidacy

  • Team of Rivals

  • Lincoln's Story and Legacy

  • Presidents Overcoming Adversity

  • Roosevelt’s Leadership by Example

  • In the Presence of the Greatness of the Past

  • TED: Lessons from Past Presidents

  • Where Do We Go From Here: Leadership in Turbulent Times

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    World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects on more than 150 years of U.S. history to put into context our most recent unprecedented presidency – a fast-paced, unpredictable and at times impulsive Administration. By sharing her deep understanding of the ambition, resolution and resilience of some of our nation’s most revered presidents, Goodwin explains how past setbacks and triumphs shed light on the cultural, economic and political transformations that define today’s turbulent times. With a goal of educating and entertaining audiences, Goodwin brings to life some of our most successful presidents to provide insight for today’s leaders, and to demonstrate that however fractured our modern political culture has become, our democracy is also resilient and has survived—even thrived—through more troubling times in the past.


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  • Presidential Leadership Lessons: A Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin

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    Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and foremost authority on presidential leadership, draws on her scholarship and experience to bring history to life in a conversational format with politicians, academics, civic leaders, journalists, or your company’s executives. Goodwin’s anecdotes and analysis  provide historical context for our turbulent political atmosphere, illuminating how today’s leaders can learn from the struggles and triumphs of the past’s greatest leaders. Most recently, Goodwin has been in conversation with former President Barack Obama, Salesforce vice chairman, president and COO Keith Block, Hearst executive vice chairman Frank A. Bennack Jr., presidential advisor Karl Rove, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, philanthropist David Rubenstein, author Jon Meacham, and journalists Bill Moyers (PBS), Steve Scully (C-SPAN), and Michal Lev-Ram (Fortune). This event, which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each audience, will educate, entertain, and inspire.


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  • Team of Rivals: The Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

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    Based on her longtime best-selling and award-winning book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin presents audiences with essential, object and fresh lessons in leadership, political acumen and management strategy. By deeply examining Lincoln’s leadership style and keen understanding of human behavior, Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln’s political genius by explaining his skillful navigation of the "team of rivals" he constructed to achieve not only political success, but also victory in the Civil War. Underestimated as both an effective orator and leader, this ordinary and extraordinary leader surprised both his colleagues and critics as he rose to political prominence, and today is remembered as one of the greatest presidents of all time. Goodwin, whose Team of Rivals was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film Lincoln, also shares stories about her involvement in the hit film that saw Daniel Day-Lewis so convincingly bring Abraham Lincoln to life for millions of moviegoers.


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  • No Ordinary Time: Three Leaders Who Shaped the American Century: Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Spanning 100 years of history, bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin takes audiences on the ultimate journey through some of the most momentous decades in American history – the industrial revolution, the rise of the robber barons, the Progressive Era, the Great Depression, and two World Wars. With an uncanny gift for both depth and detail, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of dramatic and complex story lines drawing from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book,No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (1995) and her bestselling book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism to provide an intimate, comprehensive and ultimately unforgettable portrait of the era’s three extraordinary leaders – Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt – along with the scintillating cast of characters, who together transformed the country.


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Books

  • Leadership in Turbulent Times

  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
  • Team of Rivals: Lincoln Film Tie In
  • Team of Rivals
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