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Readers and friends,
I'm happy to announce that I've signed a deal for my second book, When the War Began: Teddy Roosevelt, Republican Progressives, and the Birth of Modern Politics.*
It will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in the Spring 2014. Palgrave is a great publisher, and I'm excited about the deal.
I haven't met with my editor yet, but I would like to ask her permission to publish excerpts of my work-in-progress in order to get feedback from all the clever folks at dagblog.
In the meantime, here's a brief description of the book:
In 1907, America stood at the edge of calamity. Overextended banks operating without a safety net threatened to crack the brittle economy. Soaring prices brought profits to industrialists and hardship to farmers and laborers, fueling a vast income gap. The environment was polluted, the food supply was tainted, the government was corrupt. President Teddy Roosevelt struggled against a recalcitrant Congress to reform the system, but conservative Republicans backed by bankers and industrialists shut him down. Roosevelt’s successor, the amicable William Taft, proved even more helpless. As the two presidents faltered, a cluster of determined Republican reformers led by Senator Bob La Follette took up the charge. Their bold insurgency against their own party’s leaders shook the Capitol from its long slumber and propelled America into the 20th century, ushering in such institutions as the income tax, the Federal Reserve, and the direct election of U.S. senators. Political analyst and regular CNN.com contributor Michael Wolraich tells the riveting, resonant story behind the first great battle between progressives and conservatives in WHEN THE WAR BEGAN: TEDDY ROOSEVELT, REPUBLICAN PROGRESSIVES, AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN POLITICS.
PS I will be on vacation next week, floating down the Green River in Utah and trying not to think about politics or anything else that requires concentration.
* The title is subject to change and probably will.