Doris Kearn’s Goodwin’s excellence as a presidential historian makes her eminently qualified for this sweeping analysis of the commonality of the leadership attributes of Lincoln, TR, FDR and LBJ. LEADERSHIP IN TURBULENT TIMES is an insightful read particularly against the backdrop of the Trump administration.
The book creates a longing for the greatness and generational accomplishments of these historic presidential icons. Goodwin’s perspective derives from years of intimate presidential research that is evidenced so acutely in her writing that you can imagine her knowing all of these them personally. That was specifically the case of Lyndon Johnson. A side note on LBJ. Goodwin gives him no slack on Vietnam but the utmost of accolades for his leadership on civil rights, voting rights and Medicare.
Even if you have not read Goodwin’s other presidential books you will find that her craftsmanship makes LEADERSHIP IN TURBULENT TIMES a complete read. For those who have followed her work the book is even more compelling.
Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, No Ordinary Time, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Team of Rivals, The Bully Pulpit. ( For overviews of the aforementioned search gordonsgoodreads).