Unreasonable Men by Michael Wolraich tells the story of the epic Republican insurgency of the early 1900s, focusing on the clash between President Theodore Roosevelt and Senator Bob La Follette of Wisconsin as they fought the conservative party leaders, Senator Nelson Aldrich and House Speaker "Uncle Joe" Cannon.
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“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
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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.
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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.