Abraham Lincoln and his “team of rivals.” FDR and his Hundred Days. Slim JFK and his “best and brightest.” Bear hug LBJ and the arms he twisted to get things done.
Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin knows them all. She wrote the book “Team of Rivals,” and watched it go back on the bestseller list as Obama tapped Hillary Clinton. She knows the history.
This hour, On Point: Doris Kearns Goodwin, and presidents past, on the eve of Obama.Guest:
Doris Kearns Goodwin joins us from New York. She's the author of "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelet: The Home Front in World War II," which won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1995, and "Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream." She worked as an assistant to President Johnson during his last year in the White House and later assisted him on his memoirs.
This program aired on December 11, 2008.