Doris Kearns Goodwin with Patt Morrison

Event Details

Apr. 6

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, foremost presidential historian and prolific presidential biographer will discuss Leadership in Turbulent Times

About this Event

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is an American biographer, historian, former sports journalist and political commentator. She has written biographies of several U.S. presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; and The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Goodwin’s book No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995. Kearns Goodwin worked in the Johnson administration with a focus on the war on poverty. When Johnson left office, Kearns Goodwin taught government at Harvard for 10 years, including a course on the American presidency. During this period, she also assisted Johnson in drafting his memoirs. Her first book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which drew upon her conversations with the late president, was published in 1977, becoming a New York Times bestseller and provided a launching pad for her literary career.

A sports journalist as well, Goodwin was the first female journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room in 1979. She consulted on and appeared in Ken Burns’s 1994 documentary Baseball.

Goodwin won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II (1994).

In 1996, Goodwin received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.

Goodwin won the 2005 Lincoln Prize (for the best book about the American Civil War) for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005), a book about Abraham Lincoln’s presidential cabinet. Part of the book was adapted by Tony Kushner into the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln. The book also won the inaugural American History Book Prize given by the New-York Historical Society.

In 2014, Kearns won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for The Bully Pulpit. It was also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist (History, 2013) and a Christian Science Monitor 15 best nonfiction books (2013).

Goodwin is a frequent guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and has appeared countless times on Meet the Press.