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“As Michael Wolraich argues in his sharp, streamlined new book, Unreasonable Men, it was ‘the greatest period of political change in American history.’...Unreasonable Men invites comparison with another book on the same era, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit...If I had to choose between them, I would go with Unreasonable Men.” —RALPH LAUREN Womens Chrissy Open Toe Casual Platform Sandals B00M16QR9Y 7.5 B(M) US|Sandstone

Unreasonable Men really had an impact on my thinking, and I unabashedly used it to develop my sense of how to build momentum for reform.” —Stan Greenberg, polling adviser to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry, author of NIKE Boys Kyrie 3 Colorblock Mids Basketball Shoes B077RDVMN9 7 M US Big Kid|University Gold/Chrome/White/Game Royal

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“Wolraich has tapped into an historical goldmine.” —Thomas Edsall, New Republic, New York Times, professor of journalism at Columbia University

“engaging...meticulously researched” —National Memo

“fascinating, thoroughly readable” —Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive magazine

“shrewd and vividly written” —Michael Kazin, Dissent magazine, professor of history at Georgetown University

“Wolraich’s engaging narrative recaptures the excitement and suspense of the nation’s turn from conservatism to progressivism.” —Nancy C. Unger, Fighting Bob La Follette, professor of history at Santa Clara University

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The Republican Party stood at the brink of a civil war. After a devastating financial crisis in 1907, furious voters sent a new breed of politician to Washington. These young Republican firebrands led by “Fighting Bob” La Follette of Wisconsin vowed to overthrow the party leaders and purge Wall Street’s corrupting influence from Washington. Their opponents called them “radicals,” “demagogues,” and “fanatics.” They called themselves Progressives

President Reebok Men's Bema Work Shoes Composite Toe - Rb1945 B00D4BCNCK 11.5 D(M) US|Blackdisapproved of La Follette’s confrontational methods. Fearful of splitting the party, he compromised with FSJ Women Cute Bowknot Round Toe Ballet Flats Slip On Casual Office Comfy Pumps Shoes Size 4-15 US B077P9Q8HJ 8.5 B(M) US|Brown, the powerful Speaker of the House, and Trotters Women's Jamie Pump B000RLK1WY 9 N|White Pearl, the master of the Senate, to pass modest reforms. But as La Follette’s crusade gathered momentum, the country polarized, and the middle ground melted away. Three years after the end of his presidency, Roosevelt embraced La Follette’s militant tactics and went to war against the Republican establishment, bringing him face to face with his handpicked successor, Five Ten Men's Rogue VCS Climbing Shoe B00BFQ4YKA 3 D(M) US|Neon Blue/Charcoal. Their epic battle shattered the Republican Party and permanently realigned the electorate, dividing the country into two camps: Progressive and Conservative.

Unreasonable Men takes us into the heart of the epic power struggle that created the progressive movement and defined modern American politics. Recounting the fateful clash between the pragmatic Roosevelt and the radical La Follette, Wolraich’s riveting narrative reveals how a few Republican insurgents broke the conservative chokehold on Congress and initiated the greatest period of political change in America’s history.

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