After a lifetime spent writing about American presidents, world-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is a little anxious about what complaints her subjects might come to her with in the afterlife. "My only fear is that there will be a panel of all the presidents and every single one is going to be telling me every single thing I got wrong about them," she joked with a full-capacity Johnson Theatre audience on September 29. On campus to deliver the second-annual Rutman Distinguished Lecture on the American Presidency, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian shared her perspective on what makes a great leader and the lessons she's learned from the presidents she has studied over her 40-year career, from Abraham Lincoln to Teddy Roosevelt to LBJ.
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UNH Magazine, Fall 2014 Issue