Best of 2018: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Live at America’s Town Hall

December 27, 2018


Pulitzer-prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin sits down with host Jeffrey Rosen at the National Constitution Center to discuss her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times–a culmination of five decades of acclaimed study in presidential history. Goodwin compares the leadership styles of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson, sharing fascinating anecdotes and lessons from these legendary presidents, and offering hopeful advice about how to apply these lessons to solve some of the toughest constitutional issues of today.



Doris Kearns-Goodwin is a presidential historian, public speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. Her other bestselling books include Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln on which the Academy Award-winning film Lincoln was based. Among her many honors and awards, Goodwin has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.

​​​​​​Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

Our Interactive Constitution is the leading digital resource about the debates and text behind the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. Here, scholars from across the legal and philosophical spectrum interact with each other to explore the meaning of each provision of our founding document. 


This episode was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Tanaya Tauber and Jackie McDermott, with research by Lana Ulrich.

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