Reviews

  • A masterwork on how good leaders become great leaders. A culminating work of a true intellectual artist

    Jim Collins, author Good to Great, co-author Built to Last
  • A marvelous banquet with four leaders whose lives provide lessons for all. Pull up a chair

    Warren Buffett
  • Team of Rivals was a huge bestseller . . . this book may do even better. It is a safe bet that Leadership will soon sit on the nightstand of every chief executive officer in the land and will be avidly read by the legion of ambitious young people who want their jobs

    Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times
  • Colourful, fun and illuminating...a master storyteller

    Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
  • I have not enjoyed a history book as much for years

    Robert Harris, on 'Team of Rivals'
  • What Doris Kearns Goodwin brings to this book -- above all her other attributes -- is a true sense of wisdom. A lifetime of writing important and thought-provoking books means that she has thought deeply on the crucial subject of leadership, and about the way that lessons learned in the political and military spheres might translate into the business and social ones. The profundity of her thought on these issues is evident on every well-researched and well-written page. Superb.

    Professor Andrew Roberts, author, Churchill: Walking with Destiny
  • This is a wonderful book, which illuminates and entertains. In analysing the leadership qualities of four very different presidents, Doris Kearns Goodwin underlines how these attributes are almost wholly missing from the political equipment of the present incumbent of the Oval Office.

    Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the United States
  • Business students invariably ask me: 'With what historical figure would you like to have lunch?' Doris Kearns Goodwin has prepared a marvelous banquet with four great presidents who provide lessons for all. Pull up a chair

    Warren Buffett
  • Doris Goodwin is the grand master of presidential biography. Now, in this marvelous synthesis, Goodwin deploys her deep knowledge of four towering individuals-Lincoln, TR, FDR, and LBJ-to create a masterwork on how good leaders become great leaders. She shows how burning personal ambition can be elevated into driving ambition for a cause greater than self, how egotism can be transformed into humility born of crushing setbacks, and how fierce individual resolve can be transferred into collective will to do what must be done. Riveting, uplifting, and incisive, Leadership is a culminating work of a true intellectual artist

    Jim Collins, author Good to Great, co-author Built to Last
  • It is to Goodwin's credit that she teases out the variety and peculiarities among the four presidents . . . she renders her characters with a depth and intricacy that not all academic historians seek to attain. We can only hope that a few of Goodwin's many readers will find in her subjects' examples a margin of inspiration

    David Greenberg, New York Times