The William Howard Taft Presidency

The William Howard Taft Presidency

by Lewis L. Gould


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700616749
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 10/20/2009
Series: American Presidency Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 462,496
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lewis L. Gould's many books include The Modern American Presidency, The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, The Presidency of William McKinley, and most recently Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
1. "The Man of the Hour" in 1908
2. Being His Own King
3. The President and His Country
4. A Substantial Revision Downward: The Payne-Aldrich Tariff
5. The Ballinger-Pinchot Controversy
6. Taft, Knox, and Dollar Diplomacy
7. Taft and Congress, 1910
8. Taft, Roosevelt, and the 1910 Election
9. Taft as Administrator
10. Reciprocity, Revolution, and Arbitration
11. Toward a Break with Roosevelt
12. "Roosevelt Was My Closest Friend"
13. The 1912 Campaign
14. Leaving the White House
Bibliographical Essay

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The William Howard Taft Presidency 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Patch1418 More than 1 year ago
In reading this book about Preisent Taft,I'm rteminded that,he was the Person to be both President & Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.No has done it since.The author goes into great detail explaining many misunderstood facts about him as presdident. When asked many years later,about being President,he stated"I almost had forgotten that I was ever President"If you are a "student"of the american presidents.Then is is a good book to start with.He is most proud of the things he did ,while on the Supreme Court.Appointed as Chief Justice by President Warren G Harding in 1921,he felt,personally,that this was what he had always to do. Being President,wasn't his idea,it was his wife Nellie,who "pushed" him to run as the hand picked secessor to popular President Teddy Roosevelt.Long story short,it didn't work.However,he did overcome many obstacles,that today,history has rewritten,it's final view of the many great things that he did. Read the book,see for yourself.
porch_reader on LibraryThing 21 days ago
There are not a lot of biographies written about Taft. This book is a part of the American Presidency Series. It focuses only on Taft's presidency, providing a relatively comprehensive account of those four years. Although Taft was hand selected by Theodore Roosevelt as his successor, Taft struggled to fill the shoes of the charismatic Roosevelt. Taft faced a number of controversies during his first two years in office, and never seemed to find his political footing. When the Democrats gained Congressional seats in the 1910 elections, Taft had even more trouble achieving his goals. As it became obvious that Taft's stance on major issues and on the powers of the President differed substantially from Roosevelt's, Taft and Roosevelt became openly antagonistic towards one another. When Roosevelt ran as a third party candidate in the 1912 election, Taft finished a distant third and became a one-term president. Because Taft was President exactly 100 years ago, it was interesting to compare the Presidency from then to now. For example, the State of the Union was not a televised speech (or even a radio-broadcast speech), but a letter to Congress. Taft's use of government funds to travel around the country was controversial, and his trip to Panama was even more unusual. While this book provided a good description of Taft's presidency, informed by documents that had not been used by previous biographers, it was a little dry. While the major events were covered, there was less analysis of Taft's presidency as a whole. Because Roosevelt played such a big part in Taft's presidency, many of these same events were covered in the Roosevelt biography that I read last month. Even so, I was glad to get a better understanding of this President.