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A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    A Godly Hero

    Michael Kazin¿s book A Godly Hero was a long and challenging book to get through. The book goes through William Jennings Bryan¿s career and his presidential elections as well as his fight against evolution. The book examines Bryan¿s strong religious views and his turn to evangelism. It was interesting to learn how he did leave the White House and then went on to pursue an evangelistic career. Further this was a great way to get his viewpoints on many of the issues that were important during his time period.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

    Truley A "hero" to the common man

    this was a informative book, but not he most thrilling read. But it was a informative of Bryan's contributions to the Democratic party and political reform in general. I found the story of his life interesting, and found his contributions very relevant to the election of our new democratic president. becuase this book make you question what the Democratic party would be like had Bryan not unified the common people. and if Bryan had not introduced his ideas of liberalism into the party.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    A Godly Hero

    A Godly Hero highlights the trials and tribulations of William Jennings Bryan. This was interesting because high school history usually only depicts as a three time Presidential loser, but Kazin presents him in a much different life. The most interesting aspect of this book is Kazin¿s reflection of how Bryan always upholds his political and religious beliefs. Even though he was unsuccessful three times for the Presidency, Bryan always stuck to his guns. After abdicating his Secretary of State position after the onset of WWI, Kazin describes how Bryan became an evangelical preacher. Kazin was a large supporter of this, and it was clear that he truly believed William Jennings was a hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2008

    Decent Book

    I had to buy this book for my History 442 class. This book basically describes the life of William Jennings. It is an interesting book..but pages are too long. For a young lad like me I prefer to read fictional books instead of books about other people's lives, but William Jennings is an interesting person of passion, politician, evangelists, and reformer. This book is recommended for historians and.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

    A Godly Hero?

    In Kazins story of William Jennings Bryan the charasmatic Bryan is shown as the Democrtic party savior. Kazin follows Bryan through his three failed presidential runs, and his heavy handed work in revitalizing the Democratic party by taking in Populist ideals. Kazin puts heavy emphasis on peoples perceptions of Bryan many times citing letters from those who supported Bryan along the way. A Godly Hero keeps a positive light glowing over Bryan, claiming him as the main influence that made the Democratic party what it is today. Its a good read, very informative-sometimes a bit to much detail...but still well written and sheds light on an often forgotten person of american history.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Good bio

    Though it lacks the wide opinion that William Jennings Bryan was a brimstone theologian who was an intolerant believer in the white man¿s burden, this biography shows the other side of one of the most influential Americans of the early twentieth century. Bryan is considered by many as the first great perhaps ¿founder¿ of populism, the basis of much thinking on both sides of the aisle today. The book insightfully digs deep into a complex religious political and social activist, but also lacks the criticism that many of his peers claimed about him especially during the epic battle with Darrow. On top of the Scopes trial, which by itself is fascinating and relevant in today¿s world of debating Darwinism, other Bryan topic seem so too. Whether it is eugenics and the Shiavo affair, corporate-government partnering for a few select lobbying interests making profit, or a firm belief that the government could improve the economic (liberals) and moral life (conservatives) of the people, this is a terrific look at A GODLY HERO. ----- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted December 11, 2008

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