- Hardcover: 436 pages
- Publisher: Octagon Books (June 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374984050
- ISBN-13: 978-0374984052
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,774,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yankee from the West
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Young Burton's origins were suitably humble for a fairy-tale: the youngest of ten children born to cobbler and small farmer Asa Leonard Wheeler. Working his way up, he obtained his law degree in 1905, and was set to move to Seattle when a lost poker game stranded him in Montana. It was thus by pure chance that it was in this state he began his long and eventful political career.
Wheeler first profiled himself as the champion of the little people against the powerful Anaconda Copper Mining Company. During World War I he served as Montana's District Attorney, in which role he kept a cool head in the worst throes of the great spy scare and prevented the sort of grievous civil rights abuses that swept much of the rest of the country. In 1922 he was elected to the Senate, where he would spend four terms. Throughout, Wheeler opposed and exposed abuse of power and the undue influence of the dollar in politics. The story of these years is told with feeling and gusto.Read more ›