Prophet in Politics: Henry A. Wallace and the War Years, 1940-1965

Prophet in Politics: Henry A. Wallace and the War Years, 1940-1965

Prophet in Politics: Henry A. Wallace and the War Years, 1940-1965

Prophet in Politics: Henry A. Wallace and the War Years, 1940-1965

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In the first volume of their study of the origins and development of Henry Wallace's political philosophy, Edward L. and Frederick H. Schapsmeier discussed his family background, his early life, his service to the United States as Roosevelt's Secretary of Agriculture, and his election as Vice-President to serve during Roosevelt's third term. This second volume is an engrossing account of Wallace's place in world history during 1940-1965, a period which may well be considered by future historians as the most critical and decisive in the history of the world.

In these volumes the brothers Schapsmeier present an account of Wallace's actions and writings that permits a clear picture to be formed of his nature and character. He showed qualities of leadership, adeptness in adjusting policy to needs in the operation of government, and such realism as to suggest that he might well have been an effective President, might have succeeded in developing the Democratic party into a genuinely liberal one, and might have introduced his spirit of idealism into world affairs. He was an idealistic reformer, dedicated to morality and to his . . .

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