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Four US presidents who appealed to the better angels of our nature

Unlike you-know-who

By Hettie OBrien   October 2018
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Turbulent times have often bred powerful leaders, but Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest riveting book shows us why social upheaval need not produce strongmen or demagogues. Her portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson depict a different sort of leader from the current president of the United States: one who tries to fix the root causes of social problems rather than trying to distract from them, while appealing to a culture of cooperation, not a climate of fear.

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