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Keeping A Level Head

A book about how previous presidents handled turbulent times is strangely comforting

How does the occupant of the White House sleep at night?

That was the question at a recent talk among chief executive officers and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Abraham Lincoln, prone to depression, read Shakespeare’s comedies. The ever-anxious Theodore Roosevelt drafted letters to friends telling them not to worry about him if he lost reelection. Franklin D. Roosevelt, during the height of Germany’s occupation of Europe, pictured himself as a child, in Hyde

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