Review by Choice Review
The first of four projected volumes, this carefully selected and finely edited collection of the papers of Robert A.Taft (1889-1953) mainly covers Taft's early political life. It begins with his graduation with honors from Harvard Law School and his start in legal practice in his native Cincinnati, Ohio. Taft soon thereafter entered state politics. Elected in 1938 to the US Senate, he served there until his death. A son of President William Howard Taft and member of a family prominent in Ohio and national public affairs, Taft became one of the most influential Republicans in Washington and a premier party leader. The editors have thoughtfully and conscientiously selected exemplary and important items from more than a half million Taft papers in the Library of Congress, and they have provided accurate and clarifying historical notes. Scholars will find much of interest: Taft's clarity of thought, insight, and brand of conservatism; his apprentice experience with Herbert Hoover in the Food Administration (1917-1919) during WW I and with Hoover's failed bid for the 1920 Republican presidential nomination. Selections also treat Taft's stint in the Ohio legislature (1921-1926) and his successful journey to the Senate. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. N. Seidel; SUNY Empire State College
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