Chief Executive to Chief Justice: Taft betwixt the White House and Supreme Court (Hardback)Lewis L. Gould (author)
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In the years between the presidency and the Supreme Court Taft was, as one commentator observed, ""the greatest of globe trotters for humanity."" Gould tracks him as he crisscrosses the country from 1913 through the summer of 1921, the inveterate traveler reinventing himself as an elder Republican statesman with no visible political ambition beyond informing and serving the public. Taft was, however, working the long game, serving on the National War Labor Board, fighting for the League of Nations, teaching law and constitutional history at Yale, making up his differences with Roosevelt, all while negotiating the Republican Party's antipathy and his own intense dislike of Woodrow Wilson, whose wartime policies and battle for the league he was bound to support. Throughout, his judicial ambition shaped his actions, with surprising adroitness.
This account of Taft's journey from the White House to the Supreme Court fills a large gap in our understanding of an important American politician and jurist. It also discloses how intricate and complicated public affairs had become during the era of World War I and its aftermath, an era in which William Howard Taft, as a shrewd commentator on the political scene, a resourceful practitioner of party politics, and a man of consummate ambition, made a significant and lasting mark.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"Lew Gould has long been an indispensable guide to the Presidency, particularly during the McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson eras. In this engaging and engrossing book, Gould tells the story of how Taft satisfied his deepest ambition and became Chief Justice of the United States."--Laura Kalman, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
"No one knows more than Lew Gould about the modern American Presidency, especially the period encompassing the end of the populist movement in the 1890s and the era of the so-called "progressive movement" (1900-1920). A prolific author, he has written a dozen books on just this topic alone. Now he has branched out to study the most neglected period of President William Howard Taft's long and much-debated political career--the eight years between the time he left the White House in 1913 and his appointment as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1921. With remarkable clarity and insight, Gould shows how ex-presidents, even when not holding high political office, can, and have, made important contributions to the nation's history. A 'must read.'"--Burton I. Kaufman, author of The Post-Presidency from Washington to Clinton
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