Simon & Schuster to Publish Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Leadership” in September

NEW YORK, February 13—Best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner and “America’s Historian-in-Chief” (New York), will publish a new book, Leadership, in September 2018, Simon & Schuster announced today.

Combining her signature storytelling with essential lessons from four of our nation’s presidents—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson—Goodwin explores their unique journeys to recognize themselves as leaders, demonstrates how they navigated and grew through adversity, and ultimately analyzes how they emerged to confront the challenges and contours of their times. This seminal work provides an accessible and indispensable roadmap for aspiring and established leaders in every field.

Alice Mayhew, Vice President and Editorial Director of the Simon & Schuster imprint, acquired U.S, Canada and Open Market publishing rights from Amanda Urban at ICM Partners. The audiobook will also be published by Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Goodwin’s talent as scholar and storyteller brings these extraordinary men to life. She shows how these presidents channeled their ambitions and summoned their varied talents to enlarge the lives of others. Examples of this sort of leadership are particularly relevant now in our fearful and polarized world,” said Mayhew.

Said Goodwin: “After five decades of studying presidential history, examining these four men through the lens of leadership allowed me to discover so many new things about them that I felt as if I was meeting them for the first time. Their stories have provided me a lifetime of joy as an historian and continue to be a source of great inspiration.”

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s interest in leadership began more than half century ago as a teacher at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer-Prize winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor and the Home Front in World War ll. She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, the chronicle of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.  She lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her husband, the writer, Richard N. Goodwin.


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