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Leadership in turbulent times
2018
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  New York Times Review

HOW FASCISM WORKS: The Politics of Us and Them, by Jason Stanley. (Random House, $26.) Looking across decades, Stanley argues that Donald Trump resembles other authoritarian nationalists, and places him in global and historical perspective to show patterns that others have missed. LEADERSHIP: In Turbulent Times, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster, $30.) Four exceptional presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson - give Goodwin the opportunity to offer moral instruction for future leaders. THESE TRUTHS: A History of the United States, by Jill Lepore. (Norton, $39.95.) This sweeping, sobering account of the American past is a story not of relentless progress but of conflict and contradiction, with crosscurrents of reason and faith, black and white, immigrant and native, industry and agriculture rippling through a narrative that is far from completion. PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, by Eric Klinenberg. (Crown, $28.) Klinenberg, an N.Y.U. sociologist, argues for the importance of social infrastructure - public spaces to bring citizens together, whether a library or a park. THE IMPROBABLE WENDELL WILLKIE: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order, by David Levering Lewis. (Liveright, $28.95.) Willkie is hardly remembered today, but Lewis shows us that as a presidential candidate in 1940, he played an outsize role in fighting off isolationism and uniting the country. HEARTLAND: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, by Sarah Smarsh. (Scribner, $26.) Smarsh, who grew up poor in a Kansas farm family with generations of teenage mothers, addresses this memoir to the imaginary daughter who drove her to transcend her circumstances. IMAGINE, by Juan Felipe Herrera. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. (Candlewick, $16.99; ages 4 to 8.) The former poet laureate relates his inspiring path from rural Mexico to august Washington in spare lines accompanied by Castillo's pitch-perfect illustration. IMAGINE!, written and illustrated by Raúl Colón. (Paula Wiseman/ Simon & Schuster, $17.99; ages 4 to 8.) This follow-up to Colon's "Draw!" continues the gorgeous wordless story of a boy's artistic passion as he crosses the Brooklyn Bridge to get to the Museum of Modern Art, where the paintings come to life to encourage him. DREAMERS, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. (Neal Porter/ Holiday House, $16.99; ages 4 to 8.) In lyrical prose and striking art, Morales recounts the difficulty of being a new immigrant and the wondrous welcome of a public library. The full reviews of these and other recent books are on the web: nytimes.com/books

  Publishers Weekly Review

Goodwin (Team of Rivals) further burnishes her credentials as a popular historian with this thoughtful revisiting of the lives of four presidents to whom she has previously dedicated individual books-Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson-with the aim of obtaining answers to eternal questions about leadership, including what life experiences contribute to it and whether "the times make the leader" or vice versa. She toggles back and forth between her subjects in sections that trace their upbringings and ambitions, the adversities that tested them (such as personal tragedies and crippling illness), and their approach to the major challenges that confronted them as presidents. She notes commonalities-each of the four was determined to outwork political opponents-as well as differences, for example contrasting Lincoln's impoverished childhood with the privileged upbringing both Roosevelts had. The meat of the book is four chapters, one for each subject, about important episodes in their presidencies, with headings naming elements of their leadership styles ("Acknowledge when failed policies demand a change in direction"; "Don't hit unless you have to, but when you hit, hit hard"). Goodwin does not shy from criticism, especially of Johnson, whom she worked for in the White House and helped with his memoirs; she writes that he stumbled badly on Vietnam. But overall the tone is inspirational, setting forth examples of how to do leadership right. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER <br> <br> "After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint."-- USA TODAY <br> <br> "A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves."-- The Washington Post <br> <br> "We can only hope that a few of Goodwin's many readers will find in her subjects' examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place."-- The New York Times Book Review <br> <br> In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. <br> <br> 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?<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xi
IAmbition and the Recognition of Leadership
1Abraham: "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition"p. 3
2Theodore: "I rose like a rocket"p. 21
3Franklin: "No, call me Franklin"p. 39
4Lyndon: "A steam engine in pants"p. 68
IIAdversity and Growth
5Abraham Lincoln: "I must die or be better"p. 97
6Theodore Roosevelt: "The light has gone out of my life"p. 124
7Franklin Roosevelt: "Above all, try something"p. 160
8Lyndon Johnson: "The most miserable period of my life"p. 182
IIIThe Leader and the Times: How They Led
9Transformational Leadership: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamationp. 211
10Crisis Management: Theodore Roosevelt and the Coal Strikep. 243
11Turnaround Leadership: Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Daysp. 273
12Visionary Leadership: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rightsp. 306
Epilogue: Of Death and Remembrancep. 345
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
Bibliographyp. 371
Business Books on Leadership Skillsp. 383
Abbreviations Used in Notesp. 387
Notesp. 389
Illustration Creditsp. 449
Indexp. 451
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