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Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Random House
|Publication Date: 2007|
The Cambridge Seven: The true story of ordinary men used in no ordinary wayJohn PollockChristian Focus / 2006 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:
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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE WASHINGTON POST, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, LOS ANGELES TIMES, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.
Politician, evangelist, and reformer William Jennings Bryan was the most popular public speaker of his time. In this acclaimed biographythe first major reconsideration of Bryans life in forty yearsaward-winning historian Michael Kazin illuminates his astonishing career and the richly diverse and volatile landscape of religion and politics in which he rose to fame.
Kazin vividly re-creates Bryans tremendous appeal, showing how he won a passionate following among both rural and urban Americans, who saw in him not only the practical vision of a reform politician but also the righteousness of a pastor. Bryan did more than anyone to transform the Democratic Party from a bulwark of laissez-faire to the citadel of liberalism we identify with Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1896, 1900, and 1908, Bryan was nominated for president, and though he fell short each time, his legacya subject of great debate after his deathremains monumental. This nuanced and brilliantly crafted portrait restores Bryan to an esteemed place in American history.
"A powerful, timely re-evaluation."
The New Yorker
"Splendid. . . . A must-read. . . . It would be difficult to imagine a biography of any early 20th-century political leader more relevant to the early 21st century than this one."
The Washington Post Book World
"A superb biography and a challenging reconsideration of Bryans place in U.S. political history."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Instructive, illuminatingengagingly written. . . . Bryan emerges from Kazin's new biography as the founding father of the modern Democratic Party and maybe even of modern American politics."
The Boston Globe