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The New York Times bestselling book about the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin “should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country, and ourselves” (The Washington Post).

“After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians” (USA TODAY). In her “inspiring” (The Christian Science Monitor) Leadership, 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.

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. 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. Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

“If ever our nation needed a short course on presidential leadership, it is now” (The Seattle Times). 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. “Goodwin’s volume deserves much praise—it is insightful, readable, compelling: Her book arrives just in time” (The Boston Globe).


  • Leadership 001 Title

    Duration: 37s
  • Leadership 002 Dedication

    Duration: 08s
  • Leadership 003 Foreword

    Duration: 15min
  • Leadership 004 Part1Ch1

    Duration: 50min
  • Leadership 005 Ch2

    Duration: 52min
  • Leadership 006 Ch3a

    Duration: 43min
  • Leadership 007 Ch3b

    Duration: 48min
  • Leadership 008 Ch4

    Duration: 01h18min
  • Leadership 009 Part2Ch5

    Duration: 01h18min
  • Leadership 010 Ch6a

    Duration: 57min
  • Leadership 011 Ch6b

    Duration: 46min
  • Leadership 012 Ch7

    Duration: 01h10min
  • Leadership 013 Ch8

    Duration: 01h13min
  • Leadership 014 Part3Ch9a

    Duration: 46min
  • Leadership 015 Ch9b

    Duration: 46min
  • Leadership 016 Ch10

    Duration: 01h28min
  • Leadership 017 Ch11a

    Duration: 52min
  • Leadership 018 Ch11b

    Duration: 55min
  • Leadership 019 Ch12a

    Duration: 52min
  • Leadership 020 Ch12b

    Duration: 59min
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