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The Bully Pulpit of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft / Boomers and Addiction

November 19, 201359 min
Part A: The early twentieth-century was a turbulent and progressive era of new technology, violence, corporate mergers, and impending reform. Journalism was also in it’s golden age and being led by publisher S.S. McClure and his staff that came to known as muckrakers. At the same time, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft competed for a presidential nomination and national reform as their friendship disintegrated. Doris Kearns Goodwin explores the lives of these two historical figures and the muckraker journalists which Roosevelt used ingeniously to his political advantage in her first book in eight years titled, The Bully Pulpit. Through meticulous research and enthralling storytelling, Goodwin unveils the story of the explosive friendship two early presidential heavy weights and spurs the rise of muckraker journalism. She also questions whether we are in a new gilded age of communication, or whether modern poli [...]

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