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Biographies of four presidents of the United States, from William McKinley through Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to Woodrow Wilson. Written by William Allen White a man who became seen as the voice of middle America in the first half of the 20th century. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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I came across this book after David Mamet referenced it in an essay. Roughly three years later I finally bought it and I am not disappointed. I learned about people that I had never even known existed in the national political landscape. Five of the standout people covered (Richard Croker, Grover Cleveland, Al Smith, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Platt) were active in New York, or spent their entire political career in the state. New Yorkers dominated politics from roughly 1880 right on through the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. The details are not the most important part of each of the biographies, William Allen White's firsthand experience of many of the events covered is. If you are slightly interested in the history of U.S. politics, this book is for you. If you are a fan of great writing, this is also for you.