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What makes a good president? Pulitzer Prize-winning author has the checklist




Biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks onstage at the 2012 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at Crimson on January 7, 2013 in New York City.
Biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks onstage at the 2012 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at Crimson on January 7, 2013 in New York City.
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It’s a timely question for an uncertain time. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the lives and political careers of four presidents—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson— for an answer.

Specifically, Goodwin looks at how the four presidents handled difficult political situations during their tenures:  Lincoln and slavery, Theodore and the coal strike of 1902, FDR and the Great Depression, and Johnson and the dawn of the civil rights era – to track their growth as leaders.

Doris Kearns Goodwin will be discussing her new book, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times” at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center tonight, Oct 4, at 8:00pm.

She’ll also be at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Sunday, Oct 7, at 3:00pm

Guest:

Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian; Pulitzer Prize-winning author of many books, including her newest, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times” (Simon & Schuster, 2018)