The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion

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University of Wisconsin Press
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6.13 X 8.97 X 1.14 inches | 1.64 pounds

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About the Author
Richard Drake is professor of history at the University of Montana. He is the author of Apostles and Agitators: Italy's Marxist Revolutionary Tradition and The Aldo Moro Murder Case among other works.
"Richard Drake's superb biography of Robert La Follette is a fresh, fascinating, and highly readable account of a great figure in American history. But it is also an important, indeed stimulating, analysis that can instruct our era how this popular U.S. Progressive senator from Wisconsin repeatedly and courageously stood up against his era's reactionary and avidly pro-war politicians."--Walter LaFeber, Cornell University
"This book addresses big themes: republic or empire, progressive politics, freedom and censorship in wartime, and congressional and executive foreign policymaking powers. A vivid portrait of Robert La Follette that shows why he was such a thorn in the side of those who sought to conduct 'business as usual.'"--Susan Brewer, author of Why America Fights
"There are other biographies of Robert La Follette, obviously, but none that probes so deeply into the intellectual development of an American anti-imperialist. This is a very important piece of scholarship that deserves a wide reading."--Lloyd Gardner, author of Three Kings: The Rise of an American Empire in the Middle East after World War II
"Doubtless this book will become the definitive study of La Follette's foreign policy thinking."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Drake has given us . . . an intense intellectual history of the most famous Wisconsin politician, how he grew and shifted his opinions dramatically."--Wisconsin State Journal

"Drake is skillful at showing the La Follette who admired William McKinley and endorsed the war with Spain in 1898."--Wall Street Journal

"Drawing upon an extensive investigation of La Follette's voluminous correspondence and a close reading of La Follette's Magazine, Drake explains how the progressive politician's critique of big business and monopoly threats to American democracy was extended into a denunciation of American imperialism."--History News Network

"Meticulously researched and wonderfully well written. . . . Drake carefully documents La Follette's Progressive anti-imperialist thinking--with all its flaws and inconsistencies, as well as its extraordinary fundamental insights and flashes of brilliance--that took 'Fighting Bob' from his roots as a McKinley Republican to his position as a holdout against America's entry into World War I and an irreconcilable opponent of the League of Nations and of the liberal, internationalist policies of his own Republican colleagues. As useful as Drake's book is for historians, it might most profitably be read by America's political thinkers, political leaders and policy makers."--Political Science Quarterly