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Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? Leadership: In Turbulent Times is a detailed account of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson as Goodwin studied their different leadership qualities and styles which allowed others to recognize them as leaders. Looking into their early personal lives, we are shown a picture of a time when their lives were filled with confusion, fear, and hope. Goodwin shows a story of how they all experienced adversities which disrupted their lives and even threatened to destroy their ambitions. But they all emerged perfectly capable of addressing the dilemmas of their times. This masterpiece provides an essential roadmap for leaders, both aspiring and established, in their fields. In today’s polarized world, these stories of genuine leadership can take on a singular urgency.