Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN

Biography

Brief Biography

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Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Ms. Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and The New York Times bestselling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (November, 2013). 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. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film and television rights to the book.

Mr. Spielberg and Ms. Goodwin previously worked together on Lincoln, based in part on Ms. Goodwin’s award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, an epic tome that illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. Team of Rivals was the winner of the Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History.

With a script by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning writer Tony Kushner, the film Lincoln grossed $275 million at the box office and earned 12 Academy Award´┐Ż nominations. For his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis won the Academy Award´┐Ż for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe´┐Ż Award for Best Actor.

Ms. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. No Ordinary Time was also awarded the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award and The Washington Monthly Book Award. Ms. Goodwin is the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries that aired on ABC. In 2015, to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of many of President Johnson’s domestic accomplishments, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream was released in e-book format for the first time.

Ms. Goodwin is well known for her appearances and commentary on television, where she is seen frequently on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press. Other appearances include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many more. Ms. Goodwin has served as a consultant and has been interviewed extensively for documentaries on President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns' highly acclaimed PBS series The History of Baseball and most recently Mr. Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Ms. Goodwin graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College, and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency, and, at the age of just 24, became a White House Fellow, working directly with President Lyndon Johnson. Ms. Goodwin served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.

Among her many honors and awards, Ms. Goodwin is the winner of the Charles Frankel Prize, given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and the Ohioana Book Award.

Ms. Goodwin is currently writing a new book on presidential leadership. She travels extensively to speak publicly on various leadership topics and is currently on TV and the lecture circuit providing historical context to the 2016 race for the White House. Ms. Goodwin and her husband Richard N. Goodwin, the writer, presidential advisor, speechwriter and playwright, reside in Concord, Massachusetts. Ms. Goodwin was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.


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