Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, is entering its 18th week on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list. Goodwin looks at the lives of Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson to show how they recognized and developed their leadership qualities to navigate difficult periods in American history. Whether you’ve just finished this book and are looking for read-alikes or are waiting for your hold to come in, consider checking out the following suggestions!
“What would the Founding Fathers think?” That’s exactly the question Joseph Ellis asked to create a conversation between the past and present political worlds in American Dialogue. He examines Thomas Jefferson and the issue of racism, John Adams and the issue of economic inequality, George Washington and American imperialism, and James Madison’s doctrine of original intent in light of current divisions within the United States.
If you’re interested in learning more about our third president, Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power has got you covered. Jefferson’s ability to act as both philosopher and politician cemented his status as one of the most successful political leaders of the early republic. Jefferson was able to lead the United States through a period of fierce partisanship, a piece of history that one could say has repeated itself in recent decades.
Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic is another book that focuses on a single president--James Garfield. This narrative account of the twentieth president details his early scholarly background, heroic Civil War actions, and Alexander Graham Bell’s failed attempt to save him from assassination. Nominated for president against his will, Garfield nevertheless fought against the political corruption that he believed threatened the nation.
The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy examines the ongoing relationships presidents and ex-presidents form with one another. Established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, the world’s most exclusive fraternity connects its members by their experiences in the Oval Office. Yet, each member labors to separate himself from the pack and earn history’s favor.
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