William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative

William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative❮Reading❯ ➳ William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative ➬ Author Jonathan Lurie – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk In this new biographical study of the only American ever to have been both President and Chief Justice of the United States Jonathan Lurie reassesses William Howard Taft s multiple careers which culmi In this new biographical study of the Taft: The PDF/EPUB è only American ever to have been both President and Chief Justice of the United States Jonathan Lurie William Howard Kindle - reassesses William Howard Taft s multiple careers which culminated in Taft s election to the presidency in as the chosen successor to Theodore Roosevelt By Howard Taft: The ePUB ¹ however the relationship between Taft and Roosevelt had ruptured Lurie reexamines the Taft Roosevelt friendship and concludes that it rested on flimsy ground He also Howard Taft: The Travails of ePUB ô places Taft in a progressive context taking Taft s own self description as a believer in progressive conservatism as the starting point At the end of his biography Lurie concludes that this label is accurate when applied to Taft. The author did a good job with this book Taft however was not a great president His whole life he never wanted to be president so I have difficulty understanding why he accepted the job It s an interesting story nevertheless. This book is a biographical study of the life of William Taft, America s 27th President While the author states that it is intended neither as a new biography nor a detailed study of Taft s presidency, it provides an overview of his life from birth through his appointment as Chief Justice, but not his actual tenure in the Supreme Court.I did not enjoy this book quite as much as I had hoped, although some of that may bedue to a mismatch of expectations on my part than through any fault o This book is a biographical study of the life of William Taft, America s 27th President While the author states that it is intended neither as a new biography nor a detailed study of Taft s presidency, it provides an overview of his life from birth through his appointment as Chief Justice, but not his actual tenure in the Supreme Court.I did not enjoy this book quite as much as I had hoped, although some of that may bedue to a mismatch of expectations on my part than through any fault of the author I chose this book partly because it was written from amodern perspective than the only detailed biography of Taft the two volume The Life and Times of William Howard Taft by Henry F Pringle, which was written in the 1930s , and partly because it was the only one available as an e book While I did realize that it was not going to be as detailed as Pringle s work due to its shorter length, it was still much less detailed than I had hoped it would be I was also disappointed that it did not cover Taft s time on the Supreme Court, especially since he was the only former president to ever serve on the court, although I understand that the author is working on a second volume to cover that part of Taft s life.That having been said, I still found the book interesting, and it did convince me that there wasto Taft than the way he is usually painted by history Taft s presidency is often seen as a failure, mainly due to the fact that he was a one term president sandwiched between two muchsuccessful presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson However, when you actually look at his accomplishments, Taft does seem to have actually done quite a few things that would probably be viewed assignificant if they weren t outshadowed by Roosevelt and Wilson For example, Roosevelt is generally known for both his conservation efforts and his anti trust prosecutions, but Taft s one term administration actually addedland to the national park system and initiatedanti trust prosecutions than Roosevelt did during his 7 years in office.Of course, it is true that Taft failed as an effective political leader during his presidency or rather, he seems to have made no effort to provide any real political leadership, possibly because he never really wanted to job in the first place However, the author compellingly demonstrates that Taft, a man with great judicial experience, saw politics through the lens of the law, and was alwaysinterested in adhering to principles than doing what was politically expedient That is a quality that I can certainly admire, even if it doesn t make for a very successful politician.Although Taft might not have won re election in any case, it s certainly hard to fault him for the main reason that he didn t win, which was Roosevelt trying to regain the presidency No other president in U.S history has ever been faced with a still extremely popular predecessor from the same party challenging him for re election It was really Roosevelt s actions in splitting the Republican party in 1912 that handed the election to Wilson.Despite not meeting my expectations, this book was interesting, and I did learn something from it I would not recommend it to someone wanting a full biography of Taft, but it was a good read for what it was actually intended to be This is certainly not the best biography I ve read, but it did a fairly decent job of providing an overview of Taft s life Sometimes this comes at the expense of ignoring the context of world events in favor of that which is directly related to the points Lurie is trying to make Lurie also uses the word indeedthan 100 times, which, indeed, does stand out after a while Lurie s case that Taft was as he described himself a progressive conservative was not as interesting as the lesse This is certainly not the best biography I ve read, but it did a fairly decent job of providing an overview of Taft s life Sometimes this comes at the expense of ignoring the context of world events in favor of that which is directly related to the points Lurie is trying to make Lurie also uses the word indeedthan 100 times, which, indeed, does stand out after a while Lurie s case that Taft was as he described himself a progressive conservative was not as interesting as the lesser case that he makes around Taft s legalistic approach to his role as the chief executive Taft s years on the Supreme Court are mostly ignored, which I felt was a shame.Lurie states his hope to achieve Mark Carnes snarky comment Taft will never be regarded as a great president or even a good one, but perhaps some day his obesity may cease to be his legacy While I certainly learned a lot of interest about Taft, and see that his position between TR and Wilson will overshadow his personal accomplishments, I don t think that this book has done much to change Taft s legacy Lurie sets out to explore Taft s 1916 description of himself as a conservative progressive which contrasts with the opinion of most previous biographers who see Taft as a hidebound traditionalist sandwiched between two dynamic progressives, Roosevelt and Wilson He accomplishes his task admirably, demonstrating Taft s inability to blow his own horn the way Roosevelt did Through careful documentation he shows Roosevelt s true character as a self absorbed megalomaniac after his return from Africa Lurie sets out to explore Taft s 1916 description of himself as a conservative progressive which contrasts with the opinion of most previous biographers who see Taft as a hidebound traditionalist sandwiched between two dynamic progressives, Roosevelt and Wilson He accomplishes his task admirably, demonstrating Taft s inability to blow his own horn the way Roosevelt did Through careful documentation he shows Roosevelt s true character as a self absorbed megalomaniac after his return from Africa and Europe in 1910 He chronicles the many unheralded accomplishments of the Taft presidency as Taft himself and subsequent biographer have failed to do with the exception of Pringle 1939 Although I appreciated Gould s The William Howard Taft Presidency , I would highly recommend it for the detailed documentation of the battle that ensued between he and Roosevelt during the 1912 presidential election Well Researched It s hard to find an analysis of the Taft presidency This short work does a good job of highlighting the most important aspects of his time in office.

William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive
  • Hardcover
  • 232 pages
  • William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative
  • Jonathan Lurie
  • English
  • 01 September 2015
  • 0521514215