Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned historian, has been reporting on politics and baseball for over three decades. Goodwin is the author of several books and has written for leading national publications. She appears regularly on network television programs and was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy Family and Franklin Roosevelt and for Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball.” She was the first female journalist to enter the Red Sox locker room.

Following her tenure teaching government at Harvard, Goodwin served as an assistant to Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House. She later assisted Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs. In 1976, she authored “Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream,” which became a New York Times bestseller. She followed up in 1987 with the political biography, “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” which stayed on the New York Times Best-Seller List for five months. Her next book, “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995, as well as the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award and the Washington Monthly Book Award. It was a New York Times bestseller for six months. Goodwin’s book, “Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir,” published in 1997, is about growing up in the 1950’s as a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. It has been a New York Times bestseller, as well as a Book of the Month Club selection.

Her most recent work, a monumental history of Abraham Lincoln entitled “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” published in October 2005, joined the Bestseller lists in its first week in publication, and soon reached #1 on the New York Times Best-Seller List. “Team of Rivals” won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about the president and/or the Civil War, the New York Historical Society Book Prize, the Richard Nelson Current Award and the New York State Archives History Makers Award. Steven Spielberg is developing a feature film about the book, and the award-winning playwright, Tony Kushner, is writing the screenplay. Goodwin is currently at work on the progressive era: Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and the golden age of journalism.? Doris Kearns Goodwin received her bachelor’s degree from Colby College and received her Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.