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The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia
David E. Hoffman
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Arun Gandhi, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63
Taylor Branch
The Path to Power
Robert A. Caro
The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity
Paul A. Johnsgard
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
Robin D.G. Kelley
Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism - Doris Kearns Goodwin

Sheds a lot of light on its chosen historical period, and there's a lot there to see. The journalism taking place, especially, was truly fascinating. In fact my biggest complaint with the book might be that she sort of drops the journalism thread following the McClure's shake-up. She does touch base with those characters sporadically throughout the rest of the book, but not with the care and diligence that she employed before. In a sense it's a shame that Goodwin is a presidential historian, because I would have loved for this book to be centered on Ida Tarbell herself.

 

In any case, it's a beautifully written book; always compelling and informative, as I've come to expect from the author. I have a richer understanding of American history for it, and certainly a clearer understanding of Roosevelt & Taft. Highly recommended.