Staff Review

Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Goodwin investigates four presidents who each entered office during a national crisis and how they successfully guided us during that time.   

Abraham Lincoln entered office as the nation was on the verge of civil war.  Teddy Roosevelt assumed office after the assassination of President William McKinley and inherited a coal strike. Franklin D. Roosevelt entered office facing a financial crisis. 

Lyndon B. Johnson became president after the the assassination of president John F. Kennedy and he was able to engineer the passage of more civil rights legislation than any other president.  

All four men were brought up in various circumstances in their early life.   And, they each had their own reasons for entering office.  But, all four wanted to work for the greater good.  

Goodwin writes in a style that makes it easy to follow the political machinations of the time periods involved. Even though I have never been one to pick up a history book.- JW

Staff Book Review

by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama gives us an intimate look into her life from a child growing up in the South Side of Chicago to a family who provided the roots of the person she would “become”.  At every stage/transition of her life she looked to making herself a better person and always asked, “how can I make a difference for others?”.

I enjoyed reading about how she tackled the vast array of roles she took on.  -Janet