Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century Illustrated Edition
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"A detailed and admiring biography of Arthur Vandenberg. . . . Meijer gives us a portrait of a politician with somewhat of an old-school manner; he was an orator, a backroom master, and a strategist who loved hearing good things about himself (are there politicians who don't?). Principally, he shows us a man who believed in working with rather than condemning his colleagues. A sturdy and necessary biography of a politically principled man who is sadly fading into obscurity."
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- Item Weight : 1.68 pounds
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 022643348X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0226433486
- Product Dimensions : 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
- Publisher : University of Chicago Press; Illustrated Edition (October 16, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #276,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vandenburg is not a particularly “big name” in history so much of the narrative will be fresh information for most readers. Also, Meijer writes in clear and nearly pure chronological order. (As a marketing tool, many books these days start with an exciting, but out-of-logical sequence first chapter. Such a practice weakens a book).
Of course, a book of history should also have an interesting subject matter, but this whether subject matter is interesting is one of personal preference. Many people like to read about the Civil War, but many others do not. What makes Vandenburg’s life history interesting to a broad audience, was his ability to find compromise and his ability to adjust his world view as world events. Sadly, the ability to find compromise and to be flexible are qualities too often lacking in today’s politicians.
With the relevant subject matter, clear writing, and fresh information, Meijer’s Arthur Vandenburg deserves four strong stars.
It does not deserve five stars, mostly because of the prologue. The prologue begins with a description of Vandenburg by wife of the Argentine ambassador. However, in the narrative proper the reader never returns to the scene which the ambassador’s wife’s describes. The reader is left when this even occurred in the timeline. More importantly, too much of what made Vandenburg unique is given up in the rest of the prologue. With a shorter prologue, there would have been more “new information” in the narrative proper.
Initially a staunch nationalist opposed to taking sides in the war, after Pearl Harbor Vandenberg established himself as a non partisan supporter of FDR even though he despised most of the president's programs. Vandenberg demonstrated the ability to build alliances and work with democrats for the betterment of the country. He had his share of personal weaknesses including his lack of fidelity to his wife but on balance should be viewed as a great American.