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MORNINGSIDE "SURRENDER"

Taft had left the 1952 Presidential convention confronting a private moral and intellectual crisis. At sixty-two years of age he was prepared to contemplate, at least, the unthinkable. He was prepared for the first time in his life to consider the possibility of offering only remote, qualified support to the institution that to more than any other on earth he had given his devotion, the Republican party.

His last defeat for the Presidential nomination had been tragic to him in the most exquisite meaning of a word that because it was an extreme word he used only rarely and advisedly. The final rejection had been to him not simply a final rejection of Taft but a rejection of the earnest, brave, lost exertions of millions of men and women who since the time of Abraham Lincoln had suffered much to build and to keep alive a great political instrumentality. This instrumentality, he now thought, had been all but destroyed -- destroyed by the unworthy animosities and ambitions of others (these were, of course, "the Dewey people") and only for the purpose of putting forward as a Presidential nominee a man who had merited nothing in that line of endeavor and who was, in the political sense, a man nobody really knew. (Another distinguished politician once told me of General

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  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents *
  • I. the Fundamental Taft 1
  • 1 - Cincinnati Dynasty 3
  • 2 - Taft and Integrity 16
  • 3 - The Background of Shelter 28
  • 4 - Taft and the Constitution 41
  • Ii. Taft in Responsibility and Irresponsibility 53
  • 5 - Onset of the Power and the Glory 55
  • 6 - Taft-Hartley, the Masterwork 66
  • 7 - The Sad, Worst Period 80
  • 8 - Return from Ohio 93
  • 9 - Taft and the Two Gop's 106
  • 10 - Crisis of 1948 116
  • Iii. Taft and Foreign Policy 129
  • 11 - The Last Speech 131
  • 12 - On War and Peace 143
  • 13 - "Soft" in Europe; "Hard" in Asia 156
  • Iv. the Last, Best Taft 169
  • 14 - The Defeat That Led to the Victory 171
  • 15 - Morningside "Surrender" 184
  • 16 - The Senate Man 195
  • 17 - The New Alliance 206
  • 18 - To Make the Administration Work 218
  • 19 - Clean Bill for Bohlen 230
  • 20 - The "Prime Minister" at His Peak 242
  • 21 - The Political Last Testament 253
  • 22 - The Illness and the Death 263
  • Postscript and Now, the Future 273
  • Index 283
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