Dynamic individuals, one man or one woman at a time, frequently have played a role in slowing or hastening the forces that make history. Prof. Underhill shows the personalities, strengths and weaknesses of six men whose momentous decisions helped shape society. High school and college students may have heard of Ignatius Donnelly, Theodore Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, Robert LaFollette, George Norris and Henry Agard Wallace; this informal history brings them to life and shows how they split from their friends and party affiliations to advocate ideas that seemed wild at the time but which later became accepted by mainstream America.
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About the Author
Dr. Robert Underhill served for forty years as a Professor and administrator at Iowa State University, where he continues as Emeritus Professor. His education includes a PhD from Northwestern University with additional courses in diplomatic history at Georgetown University and at Indiana University.
Underhil conducted early research on "Public Addresses as Propaganda During the Cold War." He has published numerous articles in professional journals and has been a frequent speaker before academic and civic groups. He has published over a dozen other books, including "FDR and Harry", which compares Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry S Truman, where he observes the irony that the wealthy Roosevelt is best known for his social programs and that Truman, who came from modest circumstances in the Middle West, achieved his greatest success in foreign affairs. In "The Rise and Fall of Franklin Delano Roosevelt" (Algora 2012), he notes that while FDR helped rescue the United States from its greatest economic depression, in his third and fourth terms, Roosevelt made grave errors which uncritical supporters are apt to overlook but which are an important part of his record.