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Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism | Doris Kearns Goodwin
One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by "The New York Time"s," The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, "and more. A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue (Associated Press). Doris Kearns Goodwin s "The Bully Pulpit" is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country s history. "The Bully Pulpit" is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S.S. McClure. Goodwin s narrative is founded upon a wealth of primary materials. The correspondence of more than four hundred letters between Roosevelt and Taft begins in their early thirties and ends only months before Roosevelt s death. Edith Roosevelt and Nellie Taft kept diaries. The muckrakers wrote hundreds of letters to one another, kept journals, and wrote their memoirs. The letters of Captain Archie Butt, who served as a personal aide to both Roosevelt and Taft, provide an intimate view of both men. "The Bully Pulpit," like Goodwin s brilliant chronicles of the Civil War and World War II, exquisitely demonstrates her distinctive ability to combine scholarly rigor with accessibility. It is a major work of history an examination of leadership in a rare moment of activism and reform that brought the country closer to its founding ideals."
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This 900-page behemoth was worth every minute. History the way it‘s supposed to be—told with verve and strength. I learned so much about the Presidents, First Ladies, journalists, and the events of the time. It‘s also as relevant to today as you may have heard. Lots of politics and back room, cigar-smoking privilege trying to seize and maintain control.

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RamsFan1963 Doris Kearns Goodwin is my favorite history writer, especially when it comes to Presidents. If you liked this, please let me recommend Leadership in Turbulent Times by Goodwin. Its amazing profiles of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and LBJ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RamsFan1963 I have heard that praise of DKG from lots of folks. Thanks for the rec on her recent book! 2y
Gogobooks A fan of dkg! 2y
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Bethanyroe
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I love Doris Kearns Goodwin books! I love the depth she goes into in people‘s lives...the books are full of details and insight, yet they are really lively and intriguing. Because she chooses a period of time within the greater context of their lives, I think it actually ends up giving more of a thorough picture of the character and difficulties they faced. You really end up feeling like you know them. A very good read.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Imagine the outrage if a newly inaugurated President set off on a two-month **vacation** after being sworn in! And if during this trip, the primary methods of communication were telegram and letter! 🤦🏼‍♀️😲😲🤦🏼‍♀️

RamsFan1963 I think the country made a mistake when they started letting candidates campaign for themselves. We should go back to the old model, where the candidate wouldn't "sully" himself/herself by campaigning but had it all done by their proxies. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RamsFan1963 Interesting idea! There are SO many things I‘d change about how the US does elections. And also plenty that I‘d never want to return to. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I‘m working mostly from author back lists for my #readingchallenge choices in 2021. Gotta work on trimming down my library! So here are my #booked2021 #winter choices. Using the tagged book for the #history prompt and the #science book for a prompt in the #nonfictionchallenge2021. We will see what I **actually** read ... LOL.

ValerieAndBooks My youngest is reading The Bully Pulpit right now and is liking it. 2y
RamsFan1963 I greatly enjoyed The Bully Pulpit, but then I have enjoyed all of Doris Kearns-Goodwins books. 2y
Julsmarshall Ooh, great choices! I may steal a couple of these ideas 😄 2y
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Cinfhen Fabulous choices!! I‘m trying to read what I own too, but I‘m SO SWAYED the minute others start posting their picks😜 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ValerieAndBooks @RamsFan1963 I just started today, after completing my last two of 2020. It‘s really interesting so far! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen IKR? Soo many great ideas out there—and books on my shelves! 2y
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RamsFan1963
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It's a long audiobook, over 36 hours, but well worth every minute. The book did not change my opinion of Teddy Roosevelt, one of my favorite presidents, but I did gain a new understanding and respect for William Howard Taft, who I'd always seen in TR's shadow. Taft is a prime example of a man without the temperament to be president, but who took on the challenge anyway and succeeded in many ways. Like Jimmy Carter, William Howard Taft 👇👇👇

RamsFan1963 will be remember more for what he did out of office than his presidency. 5 💥💥💥💥💥 out of 5 3y
KathyWheeler I loved her Team of Rivals book, so I‘m interested in reading this one too . 3y
JCPaulk She did an immense job on Team of Rivals. 3y
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Amiable
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I learned a lot from this book. I learned that while he was a good president, I don‘t much care for Teddy Roosevelt as a person. I grew to admire William H. Taft as a person, although his presidency wasn‘t much to brag about. And I pine for the old days of journalism, when people would clamor for magazines with 30,000-word investigative articles about topics like oil monopolies and tariff acts. Ah, those were the days. 😕

Day 9: #adventrecommends

Kaye Good to see more nonfiction reviews here. This is one I have yet to read. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! I loved this one too and felt the same way about the 2 Presidents ...loved those muckrakers!! 4y
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Amiable @Kaye I'm a big nonfiction reader. Split my reading pretty much 50/50 between fiction and nonfiction. Love history particularly. And stuff about medicine and science. What kind of nonfiction topics do you read? 4y
Amiable @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I fell in love with Nellie Taft, personally! She would have made a good president. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amiable Yes, so good. It added another admirable First Lady to my list, who seemed overlooked by History a bit before I read this. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amiable I read a variety, and we have a group here on Litsy that does a nonfiction challenge each year. This year‘s was to read at least one nonfiction a month and is posted under #Nonfiction2018 if you want to check it out. I personally like history, science, some politics, some biographies depending on the person, etc. 4y
Kaye I read lots of true crime and memoirs. I like some history too. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amiable whoops, sorry. I answered Kaye‘s question too, my mistake there. 4y
Amiable @Riveted_Reader_Melissa No worries! I'm glad you answered. I think I was probably posting to Kaye simultaneously while you were commenting as well! It takes me too long to type on my phone. 😬 I will definitely check out your nonfiction challenge. I am always reading at least one nonfiction and one fiction at a time, so I bounce back and forth as suits my mood. 4y
Tamra No headline news then. 👍🏾 (edited) 4y
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LivingReflections
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#24in48 halfway stats. This is the best I've ever done. Weeeee.... tip: audio books because you can mutltask.

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quirkyreader
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Yesterday I found this in a local Little Free Library.

RebelReader I ❤️Doris Kearns Goodwin! 5y
readordierachel Score! 5y
msford88 Great book! 5y
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Skygoddess1
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1. I‘m thinking of setting a goal of 75-80 books so that I can read some longer books and still meet my goal.
2. The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Good People by Hannah Kent, The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
3. I tend to consistently read across genres, but I‘d like to read more classics
4. At least one, while continuing the two I did this year
5. No goal

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Come for the history of investigative journalism and the progressive movement, stay for the heart wrenching stories about presidential friendship! This was a fascinating story about a period of dynamic change in American history made all the more compelling by the remarkable relationships between Taft and Roosevelt. Any book which leaves me tearing up at a bus stop as I listen to the last chapter is worth the investment!

littledid.she.know I loved this one too! 5y
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GinEyre22
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#spookyoctober Day 5: Terrific Thursday

Melissa_J Is that a manatee in your mug? (edited) 5y
GinEyre22 @Melissa_J yes it is! 😁 5y
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GinEyre22
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#uncannyoctober Day 4: moon
It's not the greatest picture, but the moon was very bright last night

AmyG It was . I tried to take a picture, but it just didn't look the same. It was beautiful. (edited) 5y
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GinEyre22
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GinEyre22
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#uncannyoctober #hallowreads #spookyoctober Day 1
October TBR/ Most Anticipated 🦇🕸️🕷️🎃☠️

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littledid.she.know
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"He traveled with his father, keeping the books and bank accounts, but did not LIVE in it, as one must do if he is to be happy and truly successful in any employment."

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Julsmarshall
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Brie
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#feistyfeb Of these three hefty #presidentialreads, I've only managed to read Team of Rivals thus far. I will get to the other two eventually...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 👍For Doris Kearns Goodwin! I've only managed The Bully Pulpit so far and have the other 2 on my to-read list! 6y
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ThatNeilGuy

Jumping into this audiobook and enjoying it so far. Edward Herrmann had such a great voice.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.

My contribution to the #LongTitle #BookPhotoChallenge for #Booktober

It's a long title and a really great book too.

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denise
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I've started listening to this on my walks home from work, and I'm loving it so far! Edward Herrmann's voice is just so soothing. As a journalist now, with so many publications facing an uncertain future and the industry being in flux, I am endlessly drawn to books about the "Golden Age of Journalism." ❤️

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SharonGoforth
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#bookstack post #2, or how I spent Saturday morning. 3 bookstores later I've added these 😀. The stack on the left are new books, and the stack on the right are used books. 📚📚 #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge #nosuchthingastoomanybooks

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prowlix
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#WomenCrushWednesday - because most "serious nonfiction is written by a whole lot of dudes." Women can pen memoirs and essays but somehow never get as much attention for their biographies. More wonderful women in this category: Stacy Schiff and Sarah Vowel! Anyone have other recommendations?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Love Doris Kearns Goodwin and Sarah Vowell! 6y
BookishFeminist Doris Kearns Goodwin is great! She doesn't do straight up biographies usually, but Jill Lepore is also wonderful 👌🏼 6y
Joanne1 Helen Garner. She write fiction and non-fiction. Not so much biographies but still serious non-fiction. 6y
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Kathrin @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Is there an format of the challenge out there, that can be edited??? I am keeping it on paper right now. 7y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Kathrin I saved a screen shot of the challenge and then opened it in the app TextonPhoto and added the text of the books I read with that. 7y
shawnmooney Great choices! I'll complete all 24 by the end of next month.., 7y
Kathrin @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I actually just updated my list and I am doing half bad. 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Kathrin I'm assuming that is , you're Not doing half bad. If so, yea for you! 7y
ReadingOver50 I only have 4 more left to read for the challenge. I am dreading the audio book since I don't usually listen to those. 7y
Bry I've only read 8 of the challenge books so far this year but I aim to catch up eventually. I'm trying to not let my TBR list be solely governed by the requirements, which kind of happened last year. 7y
Bry @ReadingOver50 I'm not a big audiobook fan either (yet?) but I tested the waters with memoirs by comedians or actors that they narrate themselves. I think of it like listening to their stand-up work or spoken word. 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ReadingOver50 I agree, books by comedians read by the author are usually good bets. Also audiobooks have been getting more actors to read books, so look for something read by an actor you like who has good stage presence voice. Those are usually good. I'm getting ready to start Wil Wheton in 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Brybop For me it didn't so much overshadow my list last year, but it did make me mix it up some. I ended up pulling up things from the bottom of my list that had been in TBR limbo for ages and read them. Good things I might not have gotten to otherwise. 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ReadingOver50 Or maybe something more classic...Sissy Spacek and To Kill a Mockingbird. Or Kenneth Branagh, or Tim Curry, there are a lot of great actors narrating books now. I think it was Maggie Gyllenhaal that just narrated The Bell Jar 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chessa ...maybe you can help out @Kathrin? Where did you find your editable list of this? 7y
Ellsbeth @ReadingOver50 @Brybop I started to really like audio books when I started listening to them as I worked around the house, like cooking/dishes and laundry. I agree with the autobiography suggestion. Also, if you like history, David McCullough narrates his own books and has a pretty great voice. 7y
Ellsbeth Also, I loved Notorious RGB and yes, the movie for Princess Bride IS better than the book. 7y
prowlix @Kathrin there is an editable list link in the Goodreads book group. The link isn't seeming copy correctly but if you are on Goodreads there is a thread under the 2016 challenge that is called 2016 Read Harder Challenge Editable List. It's Adobe which may be why my iPhone doesn't like the link 7y
Sarahr875 How did you like the wizard of earthsea? I've read one by Ursula k LeGuin and it was not fantastic.. 7y
Kathrin @prowlix Thanks for the info... I am going to look for it!! 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Sarahr875 It was ok, but I didn't love it. If I had read it when I was younger, around the age I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, it might have been a different story then. I've heard really good things about her adult books, so I'm going to try one of those series later this summer. 7y
Sarahr875 The one I read was The Lefthand of Darkness. It was really hard for me to get through! 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Sarahr875 That's one of mine on my list to read, I didn't think it was the first in the series though for some reason. 7y
Sarahr875 Maybe that's why I was so confused haha 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Sarahr875 Maybe, or maybe I'm just wrong! LOL. I'll let you know if I every get to it! :) 7y
Sarahr875 Please do!! I'm interested to hear another opinion! 7y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Love this idea, so I'm following the lovely Litsy example. I don't keep a spreadsheet, so mine is based on looking at Goodreads and my books that were finished in May and just adding. ;)

brendanmleonard I love your colors! 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And thanks to @brendanmleonard @Chessa and @BookishFeminist for starting this trend. I may need to start a real spreadsheet. 7y
Chessa Spreadsheets 4eva!!! :) Book Riot has a template you can download, it's a great jumping off point! 7y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks @brendanmleonard ..just fooling around with the colors in draw and the tint in the editing photo section. 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chessa I looked at that once I saw it mentioned on a few posts. I'm just dreading the idea of copying my info from GR, plus answering the tough questions like: do the pages count in an audiobooks (Goodreads says no, but I think yes), what if I read a long book over months , should all the pages... 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ..go into the month it's finished or am I going to keep track of the exact pages read in that month, etc. 7y
Chessa Yeah, there are some definite judgment calls to be made. I do count audiobook pages in my page count (just switch editions in GR to see the page equivalent). I think I'll count a book for the month it's finished, personally. 7y
MatildaBaggins Oh this is neat! I should do one of these 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chessa That's pretty much what I was thinking too, but for this month that made my page count something like...4,000 pages! It lumped all the pages of my Walking Dead Compendium into May even though I worked my way through it for awhile. That just seemed horribly inflated, but again that wouldn't.. 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... Be the norm. 7y
CaitlinSiem This is a cool idea. You guys might be sucking me into this trend haha. It's fun to see what other readers have read in a month's time. 😃 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @CaitlinSiem I was already sucked in! Run, while you still can! 7y
CaitlinSiem We readers are never very good at running away from bookish things though, are we? Haha 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @CaitlinSiem No we are not, Hence why I was sucked in so quickly. It didn't take long just to tally up my Goodreads finished in May books though, if that makes you feel any better. 7y
BookishFeminist Spreadsheets for life 📈✌🏼️ 7y
Gezemice I did it from Goodreads, too, and will keep doing it there. You can display the page count in the Settings menu for a shelf. I just added them up with a calculator. And yeah, finished books count. Might not be completely accurate but evens out over time. 7y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Excellent book! Not only are the historical facets very interesting in retrospect, many of the political struggles ring very timely in the current political climate. The individual backgrounds for the main players were excellent in showing their viewpoints as they collided and clashed over time.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I left feeling that Roosevelt was a bit overrated, Taft severely under appreciated, and the birth of true investigative journalism an epiphany and its loss one we have never really recovered from (and I blame you for its loss TR, LOL). 7y
prowlix I listened to this on Audible and it was amazing! I was completely unaware of so many things! 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @prowlix I felt the same. I listened to the audiobook too & then checked out the hardcover from the library so I could check out the original photos & political cartoons. Until I was finished, I think I added about 30 books to my TBR list including everything by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Ida Tarbell 7y
prowlix @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I didn't even think about all the photos and political cartoons! Now I will have to visit my library. Oh darn! I was super excited when I found Team of Rivals on a bargain book shelve. I'm hoping to start this summer! 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I added that to my list for next year along with Ida Tarbell's Lincoln history mentioned in the Bully Pulpit. 7y
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I know I'm reading a historical account, and all the players are long gone, but my heart still sank when a great 'character', a lovely person loved by all, decided to cut his vacation short and rush home to help the beleaguered President...and boarded the fast, new, RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage.

LinaLovesLit Wow! 7y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Attila I felt like the author had pulled some horribly conceived plot twist on me and went nooooo, and then had to remind myself it wasn't fiction. 7y
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Poorly played, old boy, poorly played!
~Turn down the nomination, basically hand pick your replacements, go on vacation for a year, & then decide that everything should just go back to the way it was before you left. And darn them all if they don't agree and have actually moved on in your absence.

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I know I'm supposed to be seeing the brilliance of Roosevelt & Taft in this book, & they are great men, but the figure I'm finding most captivating and wishing we had a modern equivalent of is Ida Tarbell! She needs better press in these modern times. I'm going to have to search out her biography.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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And just when everything is working excellently, it all falls apart. So depressing to see how quickly it fell apart because of personal quicks, public interest shift, & one 'supposedly' misinterpreted Presidential speech. How quickly we turn on those that have helped us become great... Darn it, TR!

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"..if "people at large" perceived "that the Republican Party had become unduly subservient to the so-called Wall Street men-to the men of mere wealth, "the plutocracy." It would result in "a dreadful calamity," Roosevelt told a conservative friend."
~wonder what he'd say about the whole system now?

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Where have all the good investigative reporters gone? We need some good ole fashioned muckrakers!

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Finished The Big Short and moved on to the Bully Pulpit, yet suddenly I'm reading about JP Morgan again and 'too big to fail', except now it's 1902... And they are using anti-trust laws to break things up.

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"Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street."
~ Mary Elizabeth Lease (1850-1933). *(?it's all just a little bit of history repeating?)*...scary familiar....

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Lots of backstory about the main character and their lives and families, which show the times so clearly. But the politics, the debates...some of those could be taken right off the nightly news today.

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