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William Howard Taft: Confident Peacemaker Paperback – October 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0916101503 ISBN-10: 0916101509 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916101509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916101503
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,822,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David H. Burton is Professor of History at St. Joseph's University. He is author of several biographies and books on American intellectual history including Political Ideas of Justice Holmes.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By luckym3 on March 14, 2009
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David Burton has as comprehensive body of work on the Progressive Era as any modern historian, and this work on Taft's peace initiatives brings yet another dimension to Burton's accomplishments on this Era.

Here Burton explores what was in its time a highly charged public discussion regarding international law, war, and peace. Taft made arbitration of international disputes a primary goal of his presidency, and while his treaties went unconfirmed by the Senate, his publicity of the issue inspired and advanced the movement.

While the outbreak of WWI would seem to belie the "peace" movements that preceded it, the historian should note that international arbitration has a larger history that spans well before and after the Great War, and Taft's contributions to it significantly shaped its 20th century path.

Burton's "Confident Peacemaker," explores how Taft brought to his long and varied career an unfailing confidence that international disputes could be resolved short of war. This book is highly recommended.
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