Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.6 pounds

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Rips the lid off of the 1912 presidential election. Cowan brilliantly illuminates everything from the birth of the political primary system to the disenfranchisement of African Americans to egos writ large. The narrative has a marvelous flow and the research is superb.--Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America
Cowan tells his story with great verve.--H. W. Brands
A lively, relevant primer in the sausage-making of candidate selection....Few historians have given this shameful chapter in the Progressive Party the attention that it deserves, and Cowan's documentation, drawn mostly from newspaper accounts from the summer of 1912, is compelling.--Thomas Curwen
Brings new insight to a well-worn story.... Cowan paints an admirably nuanced picture of Roosevelt.--Ari Berman
The 1912 presidential campaign makes for a dazzling story, and Mr. Cowan tells it well.... [he] brings fresh depth and breadth to this sordid tale. Thus do we see, through his research and deft storytelling, how reform movements are often encased in self-interested cant.--Robert Merry
A fascinating tale.... I found this book revelatory.--Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
You wouldn't think that there would be anything new to say about Theodore Roosevelt by now. But Geoffrey Cowan has brought to life a fascinating part of TR's story usually left out of the history books. He tells it with verve and suspense, warts and all, his insights deepened by his own impressive background as a democracy activist.--Adam Hochschild, author, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
Cowan has written a rich, eye-popping political history. Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive hero, but he could play as rough as today's most cynically expedient politicians.--Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon and Robert Kennedy
Cowan has brilliantly re-created a pivotal moment in American political history...brought vividly to life through dogged and creative research and graceful storytelling. Political junkies across America are buckling in for another tumultuous primary season in 2016--and they couldn't find a better way to prepare than to devour this rollicking and remarkably current tale of how it all began, over a century ago.--Ronald Brownstein, editorial director for strategic partnerships, Atlantic Media