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1920 : the year of the six presidents

by Pietrusza, David, 1949-

Format: Print Book 2007
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The presidential election of 1920 was one of the most dramatic ever. For the only time in the nation's history, six once-and-future presidents hoped to end up in the White House: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was an election that saw unprecedented levels of publicity -- the Republicans outspent the Democrats by 4 to 1 -- and it was the first to garner extensive newspaper and newsreel coverage. It was also the first election in which women could vote. Meanwhile, the 1920 census showed that America had become an urban nation -- automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit were transforming the economy and America was limbering up for the most spectacular decade of its history, the roaring '20s. Award-winning historian David Pietrusza's riveting new work presents a dazzling panorama of presidential personalities, ambitions, plots, and counterplots -- a picture of modern America at the crossroads.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Under the slogan Let us return to normalcy, Republican Warren Harding crushed Democrat James Cox in the 1920 presidential election. Taking the politics-minded back to that poll, this account handicaps the field of contestants for each major party's nomination. While not neglecting the third-party standard bearers, such as the Socialist Party's jailed Eugene Debs, Pietrusza homes in on the Republican and Democratic nomination races. Remember Leonard Wood? William McAdoo? They were the leading contenders in 1920, whose dark-horse rivals played for deadlocked party conventions and stampeded toward a compromise candidate. This political formula, with its smoke-filled rooms, sets up Pietrusza's narrative structure, which he fills in with relevant biography, headline news of 1920, incidents on the campaign trail, and contemporaries' acid commentary about the caliber of Harding and Cox. In addition to dramatizing the election's yielding, in various manners, of four future presidents (Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and FDR), Pietrusza recounts how two past executives (Wilson and TR) strangely angled for one more term in 1920. An ably popular treatment that fans of campaign histories will enjoy. --Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pietrusza's (Rothstein) chronicle of the presidential election of 1920 is absorbing, despite the subtitle's rather tangential claim that the election involved six men who had served or would serve as president: Harding, Wilson, Coolidge, Hoover and both Roosevelts (though Teddy had died in 1919). This book isn't really about them, nor is it merely the story of one electoral race. Rather, Pietrusza is telling a grander tale, of a country toppling into "modernity, or what passed for it." In 1920, the automobile had overtaken the horse, jazz and the fox-trot were replacing the camp meeting as popular entertainment, people were learning to buy on installment, and more and more of those fox-trotting shoppers lived in cities. Presidential candidates, for the first time, courted women voters. (Democrat Cox was divorced, which was expected to play badly with the fairer sex.) Both parties waffled on the so-called race question, seeking black votes while either tacitly or explicitly endorsing white supremacy. Given Harding's electoral victory and death during his term, Pietrusza could have devoted more space to the abiding importance of this election. All in all, Pietrusza has produced a broad, satisfying political and social history, in the style of Doris Kearns Goodwin. 16 pages of b&w illus. (Feb. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1920.
Presidential candidates -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1913-1921.
Publisher New York :Carroll & Graf Publishers,2007
Edition 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
Language English
Description 533 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780786716227 (hardcover)
0786716223 (hardcover)
0786713860 (hardcover)
9780786713868 (hardcover)
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