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“Long-overdue...lluminating”—James Worthen, author of The Young Nixon and His Rivals: Four California Republicans Eye the White House, 1946–1958; “the definitive biography of Harold Stassen...essential...invaluable”—David Pietrusza, political historian and author; “splendid”—James J. Kiepper, author of Styles Bridges Yankee Senator; “Stassen’s rightful place in American history is now assured.”—Phil Willkie, grandson of Wendell L. Willkie, the Republican nominee for President in 1940.
In 1938 Harold E. Stassen was elected governor of Minnesota at age 31. He went on to a distinguished career as a key political figure of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. In 1943 he resigned as governor to enter the United States Navy at the height of World War II. In the postwar years he participated in writing the charter of the United Nations, and later served as a key diplomat in the Eisenhower administration, very nearly achieving a nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union. He is perhaps most famously known as being a perennial candidate for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States, seeking it 10 times between 1944 and 1992 (1944, 1948, 1952, 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992), but never winning it. This book covers all these activities.
Alec Kirby is an associate professor of history and government at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. David G. Dalin, a professor of history and politics at Ave Maria University in Florida, is the author, co-author or editor of ten books. John F. Rothmann is on the faculty of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and is a talk show host on News Talk 910 AM in San Francisco.
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The headlines describe the situation as a "battle for the soul of the Republican Party." The contest for control of the GOP seems to boil down to two factions: hard line, uncompromising conservatives vs. those who are viewed as pragmatists. Where are the Eisenhower, Warren, Stassen Republicans? They no longer exist. If they did, we would be in much better shape. As we approach the fiscal cliff, it is time for the Republican Party to put its house in order and begin responsible participation in solving our nations’ pressing problems.