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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

    2016

  • Team of Rivals

    2015

  • Lincoln's Story and Legacy

    2015

  • Presidents Overcoming Adversity

    2015

  • Roosevelt’s Leadership by Example

    2015

  • In the Presence of the Greatness of the Past

    2015

  • 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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  • Leadership Lessons from the White House: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents

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    One of the country’s leading historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin shares cherished stories, intimate insights and in-depth analysis of the US presidency, which she has studied for more than four decades. Drawing from her award-winning and bestselling biographies of Lyndon Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Goodwin brings the past alive, delivering an insider’s look at the captivating stories that illuminate the inner complexities of our most fascinating leaders. Whether examining how presidents dealt with the intricacies of working with Congress to the challenges they faced with the business community and their relationships with constituents, Goodwin illustrates the individual and universal qualities that have made our leaders great and will continue to inspire leaders well into the future.


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  • “It’s Up To The Women:” Leadership Lessons from First Ladies

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    Leading presidential historian and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin delves into the fascinating world of First Ladies, from Edith Carow Roosevelt to Nellie Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Nancy Reagan, who paved the way for the rising political consciousness of women in the 20th century and for the real possibility of the first female president of the United States in the 21st century. With insight, wit, energy and eloquence, Goodwin appraises the history-altering influence of First Ladies, many of whom possessed leadership skills much needed in present-day politics. Singling out Eleanor Roosevelt, arguably the country’s most influential First Lady and a world-class leader, Goodwin examines how her courage, openness, empathy, ability to handle criticism with grace, and community building allowed her to further, with strength and confidence, the political, social and humanitarian causes that so mattered to her—championing civil rights, the rights of women and blacks, the poor and oppressed, workers, and youth as a newspaper columnist, author, diplomat and savvy politician. Delving into the powerful stories from First Ladies’ lives, Goodwin examines their legacies and timeless contributions that continue to set the standard for today’s leaders.


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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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  • Leadership Lessons from The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft

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    A struggling economy. Two wars. A nation starving for leadership. One of America's most treasured historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin explores a momentous and raucous American time period as she brings Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Progressive Era to life, drawing from her bestselling and award-winning book, The Bully Pulpit. Goodwin keenly focuses on the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the “muckraking” press, Roosevelt wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses and corrupting money brokers, leading a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft failed to take hold of the public dimensions of the presidential role – never finding comfort in being Number One. The rupture between the two led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president in 1912, an ultimately futile race that resulted in the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson and the diminishment of Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive wing of the Republican Party. Goodwin illuminates a remarkable time in our history that enlightened and changed the country, ushered in the modern age and brought some unforgettable men and women into the spotlight.


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Books


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

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