- Hardcover: 550 pages
- Publisher: American Political Biography Press (June 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945707193
- ISBN-13: 978-0945707196
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,614,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life & Times of William Howard Taft (VOL. 1)
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2- big issue here. The item is listed as published in 1998
"American Political Biography Press (June 1998)"
However this is blatantly false. It was published in 1939..and this is a republish.
Why is this an issue?
I try to get a bio from as far away in date as the presidency to get a more objective view of the times and issues. This one is not even 30 years out from his presidency.
Not near enough time for real information to have come to surface as most of the players are still alive or recently deceased on printing.
It is like trying to read a book on ronald reagon now...with tons of information still classified, tons of people still alive with important docs and diaries not open to a researcher. It would be nothing but a slanted pro/anti reagan book with little of what really happened.
This item is falsely listed.
I have now read both volumes. It is well written and quite a story. Obviously so much is left out as unknown written so quickly after his death. Still a good read.
Unfortunately a second book actually written later taking into account unpublished and unknown items from other people at the time would flesh it out.
Most is from his papers...and those who had already died...so much is left out.
still a good read though.
Readers should note that Pringle was trapped in his own era during the writing of his book, the Great Depression, and this bias comes out consistently throughout the work (1st published in 1939). Pringle sides with the progressives, and he sees the FDR regime as its fulfillment. By contrast, the conservatism of Taft's presidency and judicial career seems to Pringle part of a failed past, especially for its complicity, as Pringle sees it, in the Harding presidency. Pringle can't be faulted for not seeing past his own era, but the modern reader should do it for him while reading this work.
Four stars for being important, although as a "definitive" biography it deserves no more than three.
If you truly want a picture of the man, read his own writings. His collected works are now widely available.