Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Doris Kearns Goodwin Talks About "The Bully Pulpit" at the Library of Congress

I have read several Doris Kearns Goodwin books. When we first moved to DC she signed one of them at the annual book festival sponsored by the Library of Congress. A notice was sent to Library employees that she would be talking about her new book. One of the perks of working at the Library is a last minute call to fill the seats in the Coolidge Auditorium regardless of the reason. So rather than take a coffee break I walked over through the underground tunnel to the Jefferson Building from my office. The presentations are typically filmed for later viewing. It was very well attended. I think some folks were pleased to be in an air conditioned space given the high heat and humidity this week. After the very enjoyable Teddy and Taft talk was done, I really liked the anecdotal comments about Daniel Day Lewis and Steven Spielberg as she spoke of Lincoln and the movie. She has the rare gift for story telling as she took us through her visit to the White House to see all the places so many well known figures have stayed that she has written about. She has a way of making history all so very interesting, and it was a treat to see her tell us about it in person - on a work day - during an extended "coffee break/lunch."

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