Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary tells the exhilarating story of the four-month campaign that changed American politics forever. In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt came out of retirement to challenge his close friend and handpicked successor, William Howard Taft, for the Republican Party nomination. After sweeping nine out of thirteen primaries, he felt entitled to the nomination. But the party bosses proved too powerful, leading Roosevelt to walk out of the convention and create a new political party of his own.
Using a trove of newly discovered documents, Geoffrey Cowan takes readers inside the colorful, dramatic, and often mean-spirited campaign, describing the political machinations and intrigue and painting indelible portraits of its larger-than-life characters. In this utterly compelling work, Cowan illuminates lessons of the past that have great resonance for American politics today.
Geoffrey Cowan is the president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the University of Southern California. Cowan is an elected member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Walter Lippmann Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Cowan is married to former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Aileen Adams. They have two children, Gabriel and Mandy.
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