He’s the namesake of your kid’s cuddly toy, but Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t a big softie. His fierce battle for the 1912 presidential nomination had both Roosevelt and Taft baring their teeth.
In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about her latest work of presidential history, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. We take a look at how that presidential race was shaped by political corruption of the time and the emergence of powerful muckraking journalists.
Read an excerpt of The Bully Pulpit.
- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
HEAR MORE: Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Unity Temple on The Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo. For tickets, contact Rainy Day Books.