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  American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace
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TitleAmerican Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace
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CategoryBiography
ContributorCraverguy
Last ModifiedCraverguy - October 07, 2008 06:54am
DescriptionThe son of prominent Midwestern Republicans, Henry Agard Wallace became the emblematic leftist politician of his time. A man ill at ease in the world of politics, Wallace nevertheless came close to becoming President of the United States. He was beloved by millions as the Prophet of the Common Man and yet reviled by millions more as a dangerous, misguided radical.

With American Dreamer, John C. Culver and John Hyde do justice to this important historical figure. We are shown Wallace the agriculturalist of international renown, the prolific author, the ground-breaking economist, and the businessman whose company (eventually worth billions) paved the way for a worldwide agricultural revolution. The authors do more than investigate the complex personality of their subject. They bring to life with novelistic intesity the pivotal period in which Wallace lived: the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Wallace held two cabinet posts, served four tumultuous years as FDR's wartime vice president, and waged a brave if quixotic campaign for president in 1948. By the McCarthy years, Wallace's reputation was in steep decline, his cries against the escalating Cold War unheeded.

Drawing on thousands of documents, many previously unavailable, Culver and Hyde provide a fully rounded portait of a man who reflected his country's hopes as well as its flaws, an authentic American dreamer whose story is a vital part of our nation's history.

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