The Harding Era: Warren G. Harding and His Administration (Signature Series)

The Harding Era Warren G Harding and His Administration Signature Series The s challenge the historian and the general reader with the controversial and misunderstood figure of Warren G Harding president from until his death in Professor Murray re examines

  • Title: The Harding Era: Warren G. Harding and His Administration (Signature Series)
  • Author: Robert K. Murray
  • ISBN: 9780945707271
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The 1920 s challenge the historian and the general reader with the controversial and misunderstood figure of Warren G Harding, president from 1921 until his death in 1923 Professor Murray re examines and re evaluates Harding s nomination, election, and presidency in the light of newly available materials, especially the Harding Papers He demonstrates that Harding was noThe 1920 s challenge the historian and the general reader with the controversial and misunderstood figure of Warren G Harding, president from 1921 until his death in 1923 Professor Murray re examines and re evaluates Harding s nomination, election, and presidency in the light of newly available materials, especially the Harding Papers He demonstrates that Harding was not a bumbling nonentity as heretofore pictured and that his administration was surprisingly successful in solving its immediate problems Inheriting domestic and international chaos, the administration engineered an efficient transition from the postwar turmoil of the late Wilson years to a time of prosperity under Collidge Significantly also, it established the basic outlines of Republican party policy for the rest of the decade As Professor Murray makes clear, Harding was than a bystander in these accomplishments he was a catalytic influence, succeeding where a different personality might have failed Harding s failure, the author concludes, was not in the nature of his administration but in himself and his friends His own flaws, coupled with the corrupt activity of such associates as Forbes, Miller, and Fall, tipped the scales in the public s eyes against his administration s achievements In the process, many persistent myths were created Now, in this book, the myths are analyzed and, wherever necessary, dispelled.

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    1. bestpresidentialbios/2015/“The Harding Era: Warren G. Harding and His Administration” is Robert Murray’s 1969 biography of this scandal-tainted president. Murray was a professor at Pennsylvania State University and chairman of the department of history.Published five years after Harding’s personal papers became publicly available, Murray’s biography proves an extremely scholarly and well-researched study. His main thesis is that the era of the 1920s – and Harding’s administration, [...]

    2. "The Harding Era," is the only biography of Pres. Warren Harding which is not built on Harding stereotypes. Robert Murray, a professor at the University of Minnesota when the book was published, undertook an exhaustive and objective assessment of Pres. Harding and his administration based in part on the Harding papers which at that time were newly-released. Murray documents that Harding's White House months were notably successful - Harding became the only U.S. president of the 20th Century to l [...]

    3. When selecting presidential biographies, my goal is to find a whole life biography that tells the whole story - where the president grew up, his family, is body of work prior to his presidency. Ideally, this work will place the man in the proper context including the social, economic, and political environment he navigated.This book fails on the first but succeeds on the second. It took all of one chapter for the author to bring us to Harding's nomination. But it was superb at painting a picture [...]

    4. If Murray were to be taken literally, then Wilson would be seen as the worst president in decades and Harding would be seen as the best. Instead we have to take into account that Murray was trying to vindicate Harding and even notes in his introduction that this book is a case of revisionist History.That said, it is extraordinarily well written and organized. His research is impeccable, even if the book itself is largely apologistic and hagiographic.That so many historians, and even History itse [...]

    5. Thorough account of his Presidency and the scandals that erupted after his death. But a very cursory treatment of his early life and political rise.

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