Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century

Hendrik Meijer (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$35.00
Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Publish Date
October 16, 2017
Pages
448
Dimensions
6.1 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780226433486
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About the Author

Hendrik Meijer worked as a reporter and editor before joining Meijer, Inc., where he is executive chairman. He is the author of a biography of his grandfather, Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrik Meijer, and the executive producer of the documentary America's Senator: The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg.

Reviews

"An engaging and thorough account. . . . A first-rate chronicle."--Michael Barone "Wall Street Journal"
"It is a first-class political biography, enthralling, a page-turner."
--Michael Barone "National Review"
"Every member of Congress should read this book for a lesson in leadership. The story of Vandenberg's switch from a pre-World War II partisan isolationist to one of the chief architects of post-war international institutions highlights how essential it is for a leader to learn from his times. But to be effective, Vandenberg also understood that he had to work in a relentlessly bipartisan manner, which wasn't easy then as it isn't now. Still, he succeeded."--Cokie Roberts "National Review"
"Meijer's engaging biography traces Vandenberg's evolution - from a young politician drawn toward isolationism, to a decisive proponent of the United Nations and an enduring American world role. Meijer has produced an affecting human portrait of a public servant who came to symbolize the bipartisan pursuit of the national interest and a more peaceful world."--Henry A. Kissinger "National Review"
"Hendrik Meijer's Arthur Vandenberg is an important contribution to 20th century U.S. political history. Meijer brilliantly captures the bipartisan spirit of NATO, the Marshall Plan, and much more, which Vandenberg embodied. A landmark achievement."--Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage "National Review"

"A detailed and admiring biography of Arthur Vandenberg. . . . Meijer gives us a portrait of a politician with somewhat of an old-school manner; he was an orator, a backroom master, and a strategist who loved hearing good things about himself (are there politicians who don't?). Principally, he shows us a man who believed in working with rather than condemning his colleagues. A sturdy and necessary biography of a politically principled man who is sadly fading into obscurity."

--Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage "Kirkus"
"Meijer strikes a good balance between telling a comprehensive story and presenting a reasonable narrative. . . . One of Michigan's top business leaders has written the definitive account of Michigan's greatest statesman."--Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage "Middle West Review"