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Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?
In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.
Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.
No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others.
This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.
History Book Club 2020 Book List
January- The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes
February- Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
March- The First World War by John Keegan
April- The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer
May- The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
June- On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides
July- The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
August- Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
September- Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
October- The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough
November- The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben MacIntyre