In Depth with Doris Kearns Goodwin
Nov 6, 2005
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Doris Kearns Goodwin was interviewed about her life and work. The author spoke about her work with President Lyndon B. Johnson, the impact of historical events, and life as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball .. Read More
Doris Kearns Goodwin was interviewed about her life and work. The author spoke about her work with President Lyndon B. Johnson, the impact of historical events, and life as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. She also responded to audience telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail.
During the program, photographs and illustrations from her books were shown. Video footage was shown, including the announcement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that he would not seek another term, and portions of an interview with the author at her home in Concord, Massachusetts. The host also displayed copies of Ms. Goodwin’s books and pictures from her life. Erik Welch submitted a question, which was pre-recorded on the BookTV Bus in Forreston, Ill.
President Lyndon Johnson appointed Doris Kearns Goodwin a special assistant after reading a critical article she wrote about him in the New Republic. Following his retirement, she assisted President Johnson in the preparation of his memoir, The Vantage Point (1971). Her first book was Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream (1977), written while she was a government professor at Harvard University. She went on to write The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga (1987), Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir (1997), and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005). She won the Pulitzer Prize for history for her book No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, The American Home Front During World War II (1995).