What we can learn from past presidents: Doris Kearns Goodwin on TED.com

Looking at vast political trends through the lens of a single story, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Listen for stories of decision, doubt and resolve, from people of great power and great character. To sum up, she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:48.)

Watch Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2008 talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 300+ TEDTalks — including more talks on and about history.

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