Leadership is one of the works of famous author Doris Kearns Goodwin. This is a book that lucidly explores the formation, development, and implementation of the original leadership role. Where do leaders come from, where do ambitions come from? How does adversity affect leadership, and how does time affect leadership? We invite you to read the fascinating book Leadership.
Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.
Review 1: Leadership audiobook by tru britty
What makes a president great?
The title of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book is Leadership. What she’s really examining through the stories of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and LBJ is: what makes a president great or how does a president become great?
Goodwin has devoted entire books to each man, which is a definite plus because she knows the material so well she’s able to pick and choose events from their lives to illustrate the teaching moments in leadership. (She knew LBJ personally.) Goodwin is also able to craft short narratives of these someday presidents that bring out their struggles, pathos and unique brilliance. The reader meets flesh-and-blood men, not dusty historical figures.
What Goodwin finds is that her presidents are made rather than born. Two were born to hardscrabble families: Lincoln and LBJ. Two were born to privilege: Teddy and FDR. Each one was driven by tremendous ambition but the ambition was ultimately, at least, alloyed to greater purpose.
And each staggered through a time in the wilderness. Lincoln’s brief tenure in congress threw him back to Illinois and the law profession. His political career had stalled, and for long years he moved along in relative obscurity, only drawn out by the contested expansion of slavery to frontier states. Teddy lost his wife and mother in a single day. He withdrew to the Dakotas where frenetic activity kept him ahead of all-consuming despair. FDR’s fine physique and, he assumed, his presidential hopes were dashed by polio. LBJ lost an important bid for political office, which shadowed his belief in his destiny with agonized doubt.
These men were not alike. They did not possess the same gifts, nor the same faults. And those faults didn’t necessarily disappear when they reached the presidency. But they did have a capacity to grow from mistakes and to find mentors and team members who were far from being yes men (or yes women in Eleanor Roosevelt’s case).
Goodwin paints pictures of flawed men who nevertheless were able to rise above self-interest and politics as usual to work toward a better, equitable vision of America.
The narrators are beyond excellent. Beau Bridges narrates the LBJ chapters and he’s stellar. I don’t know if he’s narrated an audiobook before, but he should do it again.
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Review 2: Leadership audiobook by Jean
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I also learned a few things about presidents, I have read many of their biographies. I am a big fan of Goodwin. She states she started working on this book in 2013 and it took her five years to research and write. I felt that the release of the book at this current time in our presidential affairs was quite pertinent.
Goodwin wrote biographies over the years of each of the presidents. She chose for this book: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lindon Baines Johnson. The book is divided into three thematic areas: ambition and recognition of leadership; adversity and growth; and how they led. In the final section Goodwin examines different types of leadership: transformational, crisis management, turnaround and visionary.
The book is well written and researched. I found it interesting that each president struggled with his own variety of emotional problems. Goodwin reveals how each president had different leadership abilities. I found the three case studies in part three most interesting. Goodwin has presented two republican presidents and two democrat presidents. The book is unbiased. The book is well organized and easy to read. Goodwin is a master storyteller; that skill brings history to life. I highly recommend this book.
I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is just over eighteen hours. The narration was excellent. Goodwin narrated the introduction and epilog. Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders and Richard Thomas each narrated a president. It was great having different narrators as it allowed distinction between each president.
Review 3: Leadership audiobook by Peter G
Overly dramatic narration
By using Hollywood actors as narrators, I found this audiobook to be somewhat disappointing and, sometimes, downright annoying. Beau Bridges and Richard Thomas get overly dramatic, often melodramatic, in their attempts at mimicking the relevant President’s accent and speaking style. Especially for LBJ the quoted portions seem exaggerated and drawn out and the pacing is too slow. I would much prefer a more traditional and straightforward reading. My other criticism is that the author’s writing is too hagiographic – she often seems to be awestruck, and makes too little of the weaknesses of the Presidents.
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