My Dearest Nellie: The Letters of William Howard Taft to Helen Herron Taft, 1909-1912

My Dearest Nellie: The Letters of William Howard Taft to Helen Herron Taft, 1909-1912

by Lewis L. Gould
     
 

Edited and introduced by a leading historian of the Progressive Era, these 113 letters—all but a few never before published—represent a rare glimpse into the mind of a chief executive speaking candidly about individuals and issues. Opens a new window on Washington early in the twentieth century and on a presidency that was changing with the times.See more details below

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Edited and introduced by a leading historian of the Progressive Era, these 113 letters—all but a few never before published—represent a rare glimpse into the mind of a chief executive speaking candidly about individuals and issues. Opens a new window on Washington early in the twentieth century and on a presidency that was changing with the times.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Letters from former American Presidents to their wives have long been a favorite with historians eager for a glimpse into the thoughts of those in power. This collection of 113 previously unpublished letters from Taft to his wife, Nellie, exposes the uncertainty and struggles experienced by the 27th President. Edited by Gould (history, emeritus, Univ. of Texas, Austin; The William Howard Taft Presidency), the book shows Taft to be a compelling, avuncular personality who happened to be ill suited for the job at hand. Taft conveys his increasing frustration with former friend and new competitor for the 1912 election, Theodore Roosevelt; his thoughts on tariff and election reform; and rationales behind his frequent vetoes of congressional bills. VERDICT The letters illuminate the changing shape of the American presidency, but one wishes Taft had offered more substance, and the work wants a tighter culling of repetitive missives. Gould's extensive research into events and individuals and his editorial writings give useful historical context. For historians of the presidency and the progressive era.—Laura Ruttum Senturia, Denver

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700618002
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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