Leadership in Turbulent Times

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Large Print - 2018
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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? Historian Doris Kearns 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. 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.
Publisher: Waterville, ME :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432853822
Branch Call Number: LP 973.099 GOO
Characteristics: 921 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Apr 28, 2019

This should be "required reading" for all Americans. It is refreshingly hopeful, especially in the present Turbulent times (11.18-4.19).

Nov 27, 2018

This is a brilliant book about four very different men who held the most difficult job in the country in difficult times. The book looks at what drove the men to seek the job in the first place, the trials they encountered that made them capable of doing the job when they got there, the crisis that brought them to power, and how they resolved it.

Sometimes these individuals paid for their ambition with their lives, but none of them would have chosen a different path.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a somewhat lyrical writer and I was concerned about that at first but she is also a first-rate historian and a great storyteller and used all of her gifts to the utmost to bring us these stories in a time when we truly need a leader.

Reading the book reminded me that the best leaders come when the times are darkest.

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